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  ARGENTINA  


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo18.1 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.17.2 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.6 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 9. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
 10. Horner, Obras B.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 4. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Solano, Echague4.3 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 7. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
 10. Massey, Libertad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


LigaA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Regatas and San Martin enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - Estudiantes C. 76-71

Regatas overcame Estudiantes C. to seal their semifinal appearance. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-18 Estudiantes C.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-71 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes C.Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. Estudiantes C.'s coach Hernan Laginestra rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: J.Slider 16+4reb+2ast, A.Marin 13+7reb+3ast, J.Glynn 13+2reb+1ast, D.Tucker 13+5reb+2ast, J.Justiz 9+12reb+2ast, S.Orresta 5+4reb+3ast
Regatas C.: D.Sims 28+4reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 14+1reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 11+5reb, P.Espinoza 9+8reb+4ast, J.Saiz 6+1reb, C.Troutman 5+9reb
gschID: 548018


Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 100-91

Quilmes MP topped Ferrocarril to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Ferrocarril won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) fired 41 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. International center Kevin Hernandez (204-91) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Martin Cuello (193-93) added 16 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: K.Hernandez 22+6reb+2ast, M.Cuello 16+4reb+1ast, J.Maldonado 15+3reb, M.Aguiar 10+2reb+1ast, F.Balbi 9+3reb+7ast, R.Clemente 8+6reb+6ast
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 41+4reb+7ast, E.Ruiz 17+7reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 11+8reb, L.Vildoza 8+6reb+4ast, T.Robinson 8+1reb+1ast, A.Eslava 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548017


Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 74-83

San Martin Corrientes upset Olimpico LB to seal their semifinal birth. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Bahamas forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Nesbitt 26+8reb, A.Boccia 22+5reb+3ast, M.Cosolito 9+2reb, F.Van Lacke 5+1reb+1ast, M.Stanic 5+2reb+8ast, J.Williams 4+8reb+1ast
San Martin C.: L.Faggiano 25+1reb+4ast, J.Wood 15+4reb+4ast, L.Mainoldi 11+6reb+3ast, M.Lescano 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 8+2reb+4ast, D.Tintorelli 8+3reb
gschID: 548016





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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian U17 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Australian U17 National Team 2017
#s#
Kyle Bowen
Bowen
Samson Froling
Froling
Keli Leaupepe
Leaupepe
#e#3
Kyle Bowen 200-F-00 Perth R. Australia
Callum Dalton 204-C-00 BA CoE Australia
Samson Froling 207-F/C-00 BA CoE Australia
Aiden Krause Mackay M. Australia
Josh Kunen Kilsyth C. Australia
Keli Leaupepe 187-PF Bulleen B. Australia
Isaiah Lee Manly Warr. Australia
Sean Macdonald 185-G-00 Victoria C. Australia
Tyler Robertson Dandenong R. Australia
Kody Stattmann 194-F/G-00 Cairns M. Australia

Darren Perry Head Coach



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Liepaja/Triobet lands Roman Gruschenko, ex Stroitiel Engels - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Russian power forward Roman Gruschenko (205-98kg-95). He played most recently at Stroitiel Engels in Russian Superleague 2. In 22 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg last season. Gruschenko also played that season for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (U23 League) in Russia where in 22 games he had 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv (U23 League) in Russia that year.
Among other achievements Gruschenko received Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Russia at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Gruschenko has played also professionally in Russia for Rossiya Novogorsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp15.9 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar14.7 
 4. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.1 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Ubel, Brussels14.0 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 9. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.8 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 3. Amis, Aalstar6.9 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.7 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.1 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 9. Simmons, Brussels6.0 
 10. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.4 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Punter, Antwerp1.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 10. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Ubel, Brussels0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 7. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 8. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 9. Ware, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Darnell Harris is a newcomer at Liege - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Darnell Harris (203-105kg-92, college: Middle Tennessee State). He played most recently at Spirou in the Euromillions League. In 42 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.2rpg last season. Harris helped them to win the group title. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 5.5ppg and 2.0rpg.
Harris received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Harris graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Terry Deroover

Forwards:
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liege signs Milos Bojovic - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) signed experienced 36-year old Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 26 games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 4.2rpg, 4.1apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Bojovic's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Bojovic has played also professionally in France (Olympique Antibes), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Montenegro, Ukraine (Halychyna) and Serbia (Atlas, Sloga, FMP Beograd and Zeleznicar Indjija).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Liege.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Euromillions League Round 3 of Finals. Brussels record first victory - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Brussels 78-93

Brussels fired past Oostende on the road to cut the deficit in the title series. Basic-Fit Brussels made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Oostende outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 34-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard TJ Bray (196-92, college: Princeton) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 13 points and 7 assists and international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Oostende. Five Basic-Fit Brussels and four Oostende players scored in double figures. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 16+2reb+3ast, P.Gillet 14+7reb, D.Djordjevic 13+4reb+7ast, J.Salumu 12+2reb+1ast, V.Kesteloot 6+1reb+1ast, C.Walden 5+2reb+2ast
Brussels: B.Ubel 18+2reb+2ast, T.Bray 18+6reb+2ast, C.Dowe 15+1reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 13+3reb+4ast, A.Lichodzijewski 12+2reb+2ast, D.Loubry 11+6ast
gschID: 547796





Limburg United signs Tate Unruh, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) signed 27-year old American guard Tate Unruh (193-79kg-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 37 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.1apg. Unruh helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Marso Nyiregyhazi KK in Hungarian A Division where in 35 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Unruh's college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Ringwood Hawks).
Unruh attended University of Northern Colorado until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Abel Baptista

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Akyazili is back at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) signed 20-year old Belgian international point guard Thomas Akyazili (188-97). It is actually his comeback to Antwerp Giants as he has played here before. Akyazili played last time for Colorado (NCAA). In 33 games he had 3.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Akyazili played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) where in 21 games he recorded just 2.2ppg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Rookie of the Year. Akyazili also played 6 games where he averaged only 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg.
Akyazili has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Akyazili also represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.3%.
As mentioned above Akyazili is just out of college, so it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aalstar signs Sam Hemeleers - by Eurobasket News

Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Euromillions League) signed 22-year old guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) from Telenet BC Oostende. But in 8 Euromillions League games he had just 1.1ppg last season. He helped them to win the cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hemeleers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian Top Division I Honorable Mention in 2016.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 2.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg.
Hemeleers has played previously for two other teams: Kangoeroes and Gistel Oostende.

Crelan Okapi Aalstar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Wesley Channels
Olivier Troisfontaines
Sam Hemeleers

Forward:
Bill Amis

Coach: Jean-Marc Jaumin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 8. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
 10. Lopez, Flamengo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.1 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 6. Pecos, Paulistano5.0 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Bresolin, Vitoria1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.7 
 7. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 8. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 9. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arnaldinho FILHO
  Botafogo.
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 14
 1. Filho, Botafogo.14.0 
 2. Sena, Contagem14.0 
 3. Stocks, Blumenau14.0 
 4. Smith, Botafogo.13.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville13.6 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 8. Semmke, Blumenau11.6 
 9. Perez, Contagem11.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.7.5 
 4. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.2 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.2 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville5.9 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville5.5 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Eric ROMUALDO
  Contagem
  (185-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Romualdo, Contagem4.6 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.9 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau2.7 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 9. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.4 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.1 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem1.7 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.4 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Alan TIAGO
  Brusque
  (202-F-91)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.8 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 5. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 8. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 9. Maistro, Contagem0.5 
 10. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 


Liga Ouro Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Botafogo advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Blumenau - Botafogo F.R. 69-74

Botafogo outgunned Blumenau to secure the championship series birth. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Blumenau turnovers. Strangely Blumenau outrebounded Botafogo F.R. 37-25 including 28 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Blumenau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. The other American import point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade used entire bench in such tough game. American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) replied with 21 points and Luiz Semmke (197-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Blumenau.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: W.Russell 16+4reb+4ast, J.Smith 14+1reb+5ast, A.Filho 12+2reb+1ast, D.Correa 11+1reb, G.Ruiz 5+1ast, P.Flowers 5+1reb+1ast
Blumenau: D.Stocks 21+1reb+3ast, L.Semmke 14+6reb+2ast, D.Silva 10+8reb, T.Gaines 7+5reb+1ast, B.Lazzaris 7+11reb+2ast, R.Vieira 6+3reb
gschID: 548035


Joinville - Contagem 69-65

Joinville held off Contagem to even the series at 2-2. Joinville forced 23 Contagem turnovers. Contagem was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Andre Pereira (206-79) who added 20 points during the contest. Four Joinville players scored in double figures. Joinville's coach George Salles let to play all 12 players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Thiago Perez (191-82) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Joinville: A.Pereira 20+2reb+1ast, F.Vezaro 12+6reb, J.Froehlich 12+6reb+5ast, M.Dias 10+4reb+1ast, L.Vezaro 6+1reb+1ast, A.Mendes 4+2reb+3ast
Contagem: W.Sena 16+1reb, T.Perez 13+7reb+3ast, E.Romualdo 9+2reb+4ast, V.De Gusmao 9+4reb+2ast, R.Maistro 7+4reb, F.Alvim 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 547900





NBB Round 4 of Finals. Bauru claim second victory - by Eurobasket News

Paulistano - Bauru 64-81

Bauru outgunned Paulistano to even the championship series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Guilherme Santos (189-97) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) added 13 points in the effort for Paulistano. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: R.Carbonari 15+13reb, A.Pecos 13+3reb+2ast, D.Hure 11+1reb+2ast, Y.Dos Santos 9+1reb+4ast, G.Lucas 8+6reb+4ast, G.Hubner 4+5reb+1ast
Bauru: A.Garcia 24+8reb+5ast, G.Santos 22+6reb+1ast, J.Andrade 13+6reb+4ast, L.Meindl 7+3reb+3ast, S.Santos 6+4reb, V.Silva 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547875





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Guizhou lands James Mays - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) tabbed 31-year old Central African power forward James Mays (206-104kg-86, college: Clemson). He played most recently at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL league. In 53 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season.
In 2008 Colorado 14ers selected him as second overall pick in D-League draft.
The former Clemson University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Mays has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Mays was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2017.
He won UAE League championship title in 2016. Strangely he also played for Central African National Team in 2013.
Mays played at the Arab Club Championships Quarterfinals two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Mays experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Mays has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Italy (Enel Brindisi), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Turkey (Oyak Renault and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Springfield A. and Maine Red Claws), NBA (Brooklyn Nets), United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab) and China (Beijing Ducks and Shaanxi Wolves).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Showed an improved ability to find open looks for teammates; one of the quickest post players in the conference and maybe in the entire countryhas the ability to create crowd enthusiasm by turning in exciting playshe's also a very good defender, sees well the court and passes the ball well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Libcentro Pro Round 7: Brisas lose to Puente Alto in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santiago. 4th placed host Brisas (3-3) lost to first ranked Puente Alto (6-1) 87-79. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Puente Alto dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Brisas' 38. It was a great evening for the former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Puente Alto maintains first place with 6-1 record, which they share with Sportiva Italiana. Brisas at the other side keep the fourth position with three games lost. Puente Alto is looking forward to face Stadio Italiano (#7) in Santiago in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Brisas will play on the road against Arturo Prat in San Felipe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Aleman (3-4) 73-68. It was an exceptional evening for Francisco Garrido (-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Marko Castro accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Aleman's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Elias Donoso (-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi in the defeat. Aleman moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arturo Prat. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Aleman will play against higher ranked Liceo Curico (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play against the league's second-placed Sportiva Italiana (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in San Felipe was also quite interesting. Third ranked Liceo Curico (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Arturo Prat (3-4). Liceo Curico defeated Arturo Prat 89-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arturo Prat. Marcelo Perez fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Liceo Curico's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulo Andrade produced 26 points for lost side. Liceo Curico maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Puente Alto. Loser Arturo Prat keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Aleman. Liceo Curico will meet Aleman (#5) in the next round. Arturo Prat will play against Brisas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Stadio Italiano lost to Sportiva Italiana on the opponent's court 64-70.

Sportiva Italiana - Stadio Italiano 70-64

Very expected game in Valparaiso where 7th ranked Stadio Italiano (1-5) was defeated by second ranked Sportiva Italiana (6-1) 70-64 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-64. Sportiva Italiana forced 21 Stadio Italiano turnovers. Cristobal Rios (-94) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Camilo Bustamante (187-89) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Sportiva Italiana players scored in double figures. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Piero Simonetti (-93) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sportiva Italiana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Puente Alto. Stadio Italiano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. Sportiva Italiana will meet bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stadio Italiano will play against the league's leader Puente Alto and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: J.Martin Cardenas 18+6reb+4ast, G.Vukasovic 13+2reb+2ast, P.Simonetti 8+9reb+2ast, N.Alba 8+7reb+1ast, M.Avello 7+7reb+2ast, J.Ulloa 6+4reb
Sportiva Italiana: C.Rios 14+6reb+3ast, M.Lubiano 12+7reb, G.Araya 12+4reb+2ast, C.Bustamante 11+5reb+4ast, B.Toledo 8+1reb, J.Garcia 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 544564


Brisas - Puente Alto 79-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santiago. 4th placed host Brisas (3-3) lost to first ranked Puente Alto (6-1) 87-79. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Puente Alto dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Brisas' 38. It was a great evening for the former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) helped adding 21 points. Four Puente Alto players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds and Sebastian Fuentes (-95) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Puente Alto maintains first place with 6-1 record, which they share with Sportiva Italiana. Brisas at the other side keep the fourth position with three games lost. Puente Alto is looking forward to face Stadio Italiano (#7) in Santiago in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Brisas will play on the road against Arturo Prat in San Felipe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brisas: S.Frings 31+7reb+1ast, F.Oyarzun 18+3reb+2ast, S.Fuentes 11+9reb+5ast, I.Riquelme 9+1ast, C.Ramirez 6+8reb, R.Molina 2+6reb+3ast
Puente Alto: F.Pena 21+4reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Collao 20+4reb+4ast, A.Pinedo 19+6reb+4ast, D.Valenzuela 17+1reb+1ast, L.Cifuentes 8+7reb+2ast, A.Guzman 2+1ast
gschID: 544565


Aleman - Sergio Ceppi 73-68

Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Aleman (3-4) 73-68. Sergio Ceppi was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Aleman. They also forced 20 Sergio Ceppi turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Francisco Garrido (-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Marko Castro (192-88) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Aleman's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Elias Donoso (-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and center Nicolas Rodriguez (202-91) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Sergio Ceppi in the defeat. Aleman moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arturo Prat. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Aleman will play against higher ranked Liceo Curico (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play against the league's second-placed Sportiva Italiana (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sergio Ceppi: E.Donoso 21+14reb+1ast, N.Rodriguez 13+10reb+2ast, C.Silva 8+2reb, J.Sotelo 8+5reb+3ast, F.Latorre 7+2reb+1ast, J.Borquez 6+1reb
Aleman: F.Garrido 20+10reb+4ast, M.Castro 18+6reb+3ast, M.Villagran 9+6reb+6ast, S.Leefhelm 9+4reb+2ast, R.Caceres 9+5reb+6ast, H.Arriagada 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544566


Arturo Prat - Liceo Curico 75-89

The game in San Felipe was also quite interesting. Third ranked Liceo Curico (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Arturo Prat (3-4). Liceo Curico defeated Arturo Prat 89-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arturo Prat. Arturo Prat was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Liceo Curico dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Arturo Prat's 28. Liceo Curico had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Cristian Iturriaga (-89) chipped in 23 points. Five Liceo Curico players scored in double figures. Liceo Curico's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) produced 26 points and Felipe Ortega (-89) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Liceo Curico maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Puente Alto. Loser Arturo Prat keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Aleman. Liceo Curico will meet Aleman (#5) in the next round. Arturo Prat will play against Brisas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 26+4reb+1ast, F.Ortega 18+8reb+1ast, R.Galvez 12+10reb+3ast, E.Garrido 7+3reb+1ast, E.Valdebenito 7+3reb+2ast, R.Rojas 3
Liceo Curico: C.Iturriaga 23+3reb+3ast, M.Rebolledo 20+5reb+1ast, M.Perez 18+11reb+3ast, M.Zerene 11+4reb, S.Chialva 10+12reb+3ast, J.Cofre 3+3reb
gschID: 544563





Chilean Libcentro Pro round 7 best performance: Francisco Pena - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Puente Alto, receiving a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Brisas (#4, 3-3) 87-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Puente Alto to consolidate first place in the Chilean Libcentro Pro. Puente Alto have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Pena had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Puente Alto, through which he has constantly improved. Francisco Pena averages this season 15.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Sascha Frings (202-F/C-86) of Brisas. Frings had a very good evening with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Brisas lost that game 79-87 to the higher-ranked Puente Alto (#1, 6-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Brisas still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Frings is one of the most experienced players at Brisas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#1). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Elias Donoso (86) of Sergio Ceppi (#8). Donoso scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Donoso's great performance Sergio Ceppi lost 68-73 to the higher-ranked Aleman (#5, 3-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sergio Ceppi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Donoso he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Donoso has individually a great season in Chile. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) of Liceo Curico - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jose Ignacio Collao (194-F/G-87) of Puente Alto - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Paulo Andrade (174-G-93) of Arturo Prat - 26 points and 4 rebounds
8. Nicolas Rodriguez (202-C-91) of Sergio Ceppi - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mauricio Rebolledo (94) of Liceo Curico - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Antonio Pinedo (195-F-94) of Puente Alto - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Guizhou lands James Mays - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) tabbed 31-year old Central African power forward James Mays (206-104kg-86, college: Clemson). He played most recently at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL league. In 53 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season.
In 2008 Colorado 14ers selected him as second overall pick in D-League draft.
The former Clemson University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Mays has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Mays was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2017.
He won UAE League championship title in 2016. Strangely he also played for Central African National Team in 2013.
Mays played at the Arab Club Championships Quarterfinals two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Mays experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Mays has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Italy (Enel Brindisi), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Turkey (Oyak Renault and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Springfield A. and Maine Red Claws), NBA (Brooklyn Nets), United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab) and China (Beijing Ducks and Shaanxi Wolves).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Showed an improved ability to find open looks for teammates; one of the quickest post players in the conference and maybe in the entire countryhas the ability to create crowd enthusiasm by turning in exciting playshe's also a very good defender, sees well the court and passes the ball well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break26.8 
 3. Roberson, Condores19.6 
 4. Coombs, Sabios19.4 
 5. Smith, Sabios18.8 
 6. Gurley, Caciques16.6 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.5 
 8. Balbuena, Academia16.5 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.14.0 
 10. Sandidge, Aguilas13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.5 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 4. Almanza, Condores9.0 
 5. Quinones, Academia8.8 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.3 
 7. Cornelius, Caciques8.2 
 8. Ortiz, Fast Break7.6 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.2 
 10. Haughton, Academia6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Velandia, Aguilas6.4 
 2. Smith, Sabios5.6 
 3. Murray, Academia4.9 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.4 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones4.1 
 6. Coombs, Sabios4.1 
 7. Granados, Academia4.0 
 8. Reyes, Caciques3.8 
 9. Caicedo, Cimar.3.6 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.8 
 2. Murray, Academia2.3 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.3 
 4. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.2.0 
 6. Ortiz, Fast Break1.8 
 7. Cornelius, Caciques1.6 
 8. Diaz, Condores1.6 
 9. Rivera, Sabios1.6 
 10. McCoy, Condores1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Frisco SANDIDGE
  Aguilas
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sandidge, Aguilas1.7 
 2. Cornelius, Caciques1.2 
 3. Haughton, Academia1.2 
 4. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 5. Quinones, Academia1.0 
 6. Bermudez, Condores0.9 
 7. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 8. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.8 
 9. Jones, Sabios0.8 
 10. Asprilla, Caciques0.7 


Colombian PBD round 9 best performance: Shamar Coombs - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Guard Shamar Coombs (185-G-86) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Sabios, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Condores (#7, 3-7) 92-84. Sabios maintains the 2nd position in Colombian PBD. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sabios will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Coombs has many years of experience at Sabios, through which he has constantly improved. Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi star has very solid stats this year. Coombs is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.4ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.2rpg) and assists (6th best: 4.1apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of league's leader Fast Break. Ortiz had a very good evening with 33 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he led Fast Break to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Caciques (#5, 4-4) 84-62. Of course Fast Break still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Ortiz is one of the most experienced players at Fast Break and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.8ppg (#2). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Sabios' star - Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-G-89). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Sabios, helping his team with a 92-84 win against the lower-ranked Condores (#7, 3-7). Sabios needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Smith has a great season in Colombia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.6apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) of Academia - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Condores - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) of Academia - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dallis Joyner (203-F/C-90) of Aguilas - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Cimarrones - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



PBD Round 10: Leader Fast Break gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Fast Break delivered the seventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Caciques (4-4) 73-57 in Bogota. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. International forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Fast Break (7-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position. Caciques at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Fast Break are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caciques will play at home against Patriotas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bogota was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Academia (5-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Piratas (3-7). Academia defeated Piratas 81-65. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Divier Perez contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) replied with 19 points for Piratas. Academia have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Fast Break, which they share with Cimarrones. Piratas at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Aguilas and Condores. Academia will play against league's second-placed Sabios in Manizales in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Piratas will play on the road against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) in Bogota and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Boyaca was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Cimarrones (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Patriotas (3-7). Cimarrones did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-65 on Sunday. John Hernandez had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Cimarrones' coach Plinio Rosero used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Frisco Sandidge responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Cimarrones moved-up to third place, which they share with Academia. Loser Patriotas keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Piratas and Condores. Cimarrones will meet Condores (#7) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Caciques in Valleduparnga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manizales. Local Sabios (6-4) outscored 7th ranked Condores (3-7) 89-67. Ashton Smith notched 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sabios maintains second position with 6-4 record behind leader Fast Break. Condores lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Sabios' next round opponent will be Academia (#3) in Montana, which may be the game of the day. Condores will play at home against Cimarrones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Sabios - Condores 89-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manizales. Local Sabios (6-4) outscored 7th ranked Condores (3-7) 89-67. The game without a history. Sabios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Condores' players. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) notched 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Sabios players scored in double figures. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) did not help to save the game for Condores. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sabios maintains second position with 6-4 record behind leader Fast Break. Condores lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Sabios' next round opponent will be Academia (#3) in Montana, which may be the game of the day. Condores will play at home against Cimarrones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sabios: A.Smith 20+9reb+5ast, R.Rivera 19+1reb+3ast, S.Coombs 12+7reb+7ast, D.Castro 11+5reb, J.Velez 11+10reb+4ast, K.Jones 5+4reb+2ast
Condores: H.Diaz 15+6reb, R.McCoy 15+6reb+7ast, L.Almanza 13+9reb+2ast, V.Bermudez 9+8reb+2ast, D.Balanta 5+1reb, L.Roberson 3+2reb
gschID: 547225


Piratas - Academia 65-81

The game in Bogota was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Academia (5-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Piratas (3-7). Academia defeated Piratas 81-65. The game was mostly controlled by Academia. Piratas was better in third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 28. They outrebounded Piratas 44-31 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Academia players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Piratas' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) replied with 19 points and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Piratas. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Academia have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Fast Break, which they share with Cimarrones. Piratas at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Aguilas and Condores. Academia will play against league's second-placed Sabios in Manizales in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Piratas will play on the road against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) in Bogota and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Academia: T.Murray 20+4reb+6ast, D.Perez 15+7reb+2ast, G.Diaz 10+5reb+3ast, J.Fajardo 10+5reb, A.Arango 8+6reb+2ast, S.Granados 7+6reb+7ast
Piratas: G.Pena 19+3reb+1ast, J.Romero 13+7reb+1ast, B.Givens 13+5reb, J.Mendoza 10+6reb, A.Nunez 7+5reb+2ast, D.Hernandez 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547226


Aguilas - Cimarrones 65-83

The game in Boyaca was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Cimarrones (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Patriotas (3-7). Cimarrones did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-65. Cimarrones dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Patriotas' 26 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Cimarrones forced 24 Patriotas turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Cimarrones' coach Plinio Rosero used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Cimarrones moved-up to third place, which they share with Academia. Loser Patriotas keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Piratas and Condores. Cimarrones will meet Condores (#7) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Caciques in Valleduparnga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: R.Caicedo 19+4reb+4ast, A.Carraway 18+7reb+3ast, J.Hernandez 13+17reb+1ast, E.Moreno 8+6reb+3ast, L.Cardona 6+1reb, J.Hardy 6+2reb+1ast
Aguilas: F.Sandidge 18+6reb+2ast, D.Joyner 14+7reb+3ast, J.Pardo 10+6reb+5ast, A.Bivins 8+1reb+1ast, J. Lopez 6+4reb+1ast, J.Velandia 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 547223


Fast Break - Caciques 73-57

Leader Fast Break delivered the seventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Caciques (4-4) 73-57 in Bogota. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. International forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Freddy Asprilla (208-88, college: Canisius) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fast Break (7-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position. Caciques at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Fast Break are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caciques will play at home against Patriotas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 33+5reb+1ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 12+5reb+1ast, H.Uhegwu 10+2reb+1ast, L.Julio 6+8reb, B.Vargas 3, M.Sneed 3+7reb+1ast
Caciques: A.Gurley 12+6reb+1ast, D.Reyes 11+3reb, F.Asprilla 10+8reb+1ast, M.Bermudez 8+3reb+1ast, J.Jaimes 5+4reb, M.Cornelius 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547224





PBD Round 9: Patriotas defeat Cimarrones in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Boyaca. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Cimarrones (4-3) to eighth ranked Patriotas (3-6) 79-78 on Saturday evening. Patriotas outrebounded Cimarrones 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 9 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international center John Hernandez (207-84) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Patriotas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Piratas and Condores. Cimarrones lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Academia and Caciques. Patriotas is again looking forward to face higher ranked Cimarrones (#5) in Quibdo-Choco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimarrones will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (6-1) smashed second-best Caciques (4-3) 84-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Caciques. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) nailed 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Dermaine Crockrell accounted for 14 points. Fast Break's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) came up with 23 points for Caciques in the defeat. Fast Break have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place with 6-1 record. Caciques at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Academia and Cimarrones. Fast Break will again play against Caciques (#4) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Caciques will have a break next round.
The game in Bogota was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Academia (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Piratas (3-6). Academia managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Oscar Balbuena who scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Brandon Givens who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cimarrones and Caciques. Loser Piratas dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Aguilas and Condores. Academia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play again against Academia (#3) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 9 Condores lost to Sabios on the opponent's court 84-92.

Sabios - Condores 92-84

Rather expected game in Manizales where 6th ranked Condores (3-6) were defeated by fourth ranked Sabios (5-4) 92-84 on Saturday. Sabios made 29-of-38 free shots (76.3 percent) during the game. Sabios had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sabios made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) chipped in 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) who recorded 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Sabios moved-up to second place. Condores lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Piratas and Aguilas. Sabios will again meet at home Condores (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Condores will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Roberson 31+7reb+4ast, L.Almanza 19+8reb+2ast, R.McCoy 12+9reb+6ast, R.Dyer 8+6reb, H.Diaz 8+3reb+2ast, D.Balanta 2+1reb
Sabios: S.Coombs 27+21reb+4ast, A.Smith 26+7reb+9ast, L.Blandon 11+4reb+2ast, R.Rivera 9+4reb+2ast, S.Betancur 7+2reb+1ast, K.Jones 5+3reb
gschID: 547221


Fast Break - Caciques 84-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bogota. First ranked host Fast Break (6-1) smashed second-best Caciques (4-3) 84-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Caciques. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) nailed 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) accounted for 14 points. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Fast Break's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) came up with 23 points and the other American import forward Justin Martin (198-90, college: SMU, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Fast Break have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first place with 6-1 record. Caciques at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Academia and Cimarrones. Fast Break will again play against Caciques (#4) in Valleduparnga in the next round. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Caciques: A.Gurley 23+4reb, J.Martin 17+4reb+1ast, M.Cornelius 6+8reb+1ast, J.Jaimes 5, F.Asprilla 4+2reb, D.Reyes 3+3reb+1ast
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 33+5reb+1ast, D.Crockrell 14+2ast, M.Sneed 10+3reb+1ast, C.Ordonez 9, L.Salazar 5+2reb+3ast, H.Uhegwu 5+1reb
gschID: 547220


Aguilas - Cimarrones 79-78

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Liga DirecTV took place in Boyaca. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Cimarrones (4-3) to eighth ranked Patriotas (3-6) 79-78 on Saturday evening. Patriotas outrebounded Cimarrones 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 9 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international center John Hernandez (207-84) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) scored 22 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Patriotas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Piratas and Condores. Cimarrones lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Academia and Caciques. Patriotas is again looking forward to face higher ranked Cimarrones (#5) in Quibdo-Choco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimarrones will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: A.Carraway 22+3reb+4ast, J.Hernandez 17+15reb+2ast, T.Williams 11+3reb+2ast, R.Caicedo 8+5ast, J.Hardy 8+2reb+1ast, E.Moreno 8+3ast
Aguilas: J.Pardo 22+4reb+3ast, D.Joyner 20+11reb+6ast, J.Velandia 12+4reb+8ast, F.Sandidge 9+15reb+7ast, J. Lopez 7+2reb, A.Bivins 7+1reb
gschID: 547219


Piratas - Academia 76-85

The game in Bogota was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Academia (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Piratas (3-6). Academia managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Saturday. Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 36. The best player for the winners was Dominican Oscar Balbuena (195-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Academia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandon Givens (198-87, college: NC-Wesleyan) who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Academia. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cimarrones and Caciques. Loser Piratas dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Aguilas and Condores. Academia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play again against Academia (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Piratas: B.Givens 27+5reb+2ast, J.Romero 15+9reb+3ast, A.Nunez 9+5reb+6ast, E.Romero 6+4reb, N.Lozano 5+1reb, V.Lans 4+2reb
Academia: O.Balbuena 28+7reb+4ast, B.Aguaslimpias 17+10reb+2ast, S.Granados 13+4reb+7ast, D.Perez 11+8reb+4ast, T.Murray 10+6reb+2ast, G.Diaz 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547222





Dallis Joyner (ex Ironi K-A) agreed terms with Aguilas - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas de Tunja (Liga DirecTV) inked 27-year old American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-113kg-90, college: Stony Brook). He has played for the last three years at Ironi Kiryat Ata in Israeli National League. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Joyner played also at Ironi Kiryat Ata (also in National League) where in 36 games he averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 2nd Team.
Joyner's team won Israeli National League Regular Season in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Joyner has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and Switzerland (Lugano Tigers).
He attended State University of New York,Stony Brook until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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LBS Round 12: Leader ARBA gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the tenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Abogados (1-10) 100-64 in San Jose. ARBA dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Abogados' 22. ARBA forced 20 Abogados turnovers and outrebounded them 56-20 including a 16-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Abogados' players. The best player for the winners was international forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. ARBA's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jose Esquivel who recorded 15 points. Undefeated ARBA (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Abogados at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. ARBA are looking forward to face league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Abogados will play against Perez Zeledon (#5) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Escazu (8-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Perez Zeledon (4-6). Escazu smashed Perez Zeledon 109-63. Escazu maintains third position with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader ARBA. Perez Zeledon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Escazu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perez Zeledon will play against Abogados (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Barva (9-1) played at the court of 7th ranked U Costa Rica (3-8). Barva smashed U Costa Rica 97-44 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Justin Dobbins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Andres Flohr with 8 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barva have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-1 record behind leader ARBA. U Costa Rica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Barva will meet at home league's leader ARBA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U Costa Rica will play against Grecia (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 12 U Latina was crushed by Grecia in a road game 86-51.
The best stats of 12th round was 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by George Letford of Grecia.

Perez Zeledon - Escazu 63-109

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Escazu (8-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Perez Zeledon (4-6). Escazu smashed Perez Zeledon 109-63. Escazu maintains third position with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader ARBA. Perez Zeledon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Escazu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perez Zeledon will play against Abogados (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 545916


Grecia - U Latina 86-51

There was no surprise when 6th ranked U Latina (3-6) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Grecia (5-4) 86-51 on Sunday. Grecia forced 24 U Latina turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marquis Aaron (196, college: Bellevue) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman George Letford (185-91) who added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Aldrick Lennon with 8 points and 12 rebounds and guard Milton Jimenez (-95) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grecia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-4 record. Loser U Latina keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Grecia will meet at home U Costa Rica (#7) in the next round. U Latina will play against Liberia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
U Latina: A.Mason 14+3reb, M.Jimenez 10+7reb+1ast, A.Lennon 8+12reb, J.Solano 6+5reb+5ast, O.Barquero 5+6reb, J.De Dios Lopez 4+4reb+1ast
Grecia: M.Aaron 29+12reb+4ast, G.Letford 23+10reb+4ast, M.Castillo 15+3reb, L.Jara 6+6reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 4+3reb+3ast, M.Bogantes 4+3ast
gschID: 545919


U Costa Rica - Barva 44-97

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Barva (9-1) played at the court of 7th ranked U Costa Rica (3-8). Barva smashed U Costa Rica 97-44 on Saturday. Barva dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to U Costa Rica's 20 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game, while U Costa Rica only scored 0 point from the stripe. Barva forced 25 U Costa Rica turnovers and outrebounded them 54-38 including a 45-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Justin Dobbins (203-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian Amir Alvarado (198-84, college: Marshalltown CC) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Barva players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Andres Flohr (195-94) with 8 points and 10 rebounds and Jose Palma (-91) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barva have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-1 record behind leader ARBA. U Costa Rica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Barva will meet at home league's leader ARBA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U Costa Rica will play against Grecia (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
U Costa Rica: R.Allen 9+1reb, A.Flohr 8+10reb, A.Villalobos 8+1reb+4ast, J.Palma 6+6reb+3ast, F.Sequeira 5+2reb, L.Hernandez 3+1reb
Barva: J.Dobbins 24+15reb+4ast, I.Mack 16+2reb+3ast, A.Alvarado 15+7reb+2ast, C.Quesada 11+7reb+4ast, J.Chacon 8+2reb, M.Chacon 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545918


ARBA - Abogados 100-64

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the tenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Abogados (1-10) 100-64 in San Jose. ARBA dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Abogados' 22. ARBA forced 20 Abogados turnovers and outrebounded them 56-20 including a 16-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Abogados' players. The best player for the winners was international forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. ARBA's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jose Esquivel who recorded 15 points and Jose Chacon added 12 points respectively. Four Abogados players scored in double figures. ARBA (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Abogados at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. ARBA are looking forward to face league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Abogados will play against Perez Zeledon (#5) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Abogados: J.Esquivel 15+2ast, J.Chacon 12+1reb+2ast, B.Sandi 10+2reb+2ast, R.Little 10+2reb+2ast, S.Hall 6+5reb, J.Bustamante 3+2reb
ARBA: A.Ripool 31+12reb+1ast, I.Conejo 20+5reb+13ast, L.Conejo 12+2reb+2ast, T.Armstrong 8+9reb+3ast, J.Anderson 7+6reb+1ast, G.Allen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545917





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Ribola Kastela return to A1 League - by Zeljko Zule

Ribola Kastela seal promotion after one year away thanks to a 79-64 win against Podravac in the last Round 18 of the A2 League Championship Stage.

Ribola Kastela-Podravac 79-64: Kastela, who never trailed, took their first double-digit lead of the contest at 21-10 late in the opening quarter. Podravac cut the deficit to six points midway through the third quarter. Kastela responded with a 14-4 run and late went on a 13-4 run to extend their lead to 76-58 three minutes left. Kastela shot just 39-percent (7-of-18) from the foul line. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) scored 28 points, Aco Mandic (203-C/F-84) 25 and Dino Sipic (201-F-88) had 12 rebounds. Podravac was led by Stefan Zadravec (186-PG-92) with 21 points, Ivan Siprak (200-F-77) and Tomislav Matoic (184-G-89) both added 13 points.

Jazine Arbanasi-Pula 1981 115-88: Jazine took control of the game behind a 27-4 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 52-27 lead. Jazine led 65-36 at the halftime break and by as many as 45 points late in the third quarter. Jazine hit 13 3-pointers to Pula's just three and had seven players in double scoring figures. Dino Palcic (185-G-90) scored 20 points and handed out 10 assists, Marko Atelj, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) and Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) all posted 16 points, Josip Gulam (188-PG-95) 15, Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) 13 and Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) 12. Pula had five starters in double figures. Marin Djugum collected 19 points and 11 rebounds, David Ferencic (201-F-97) scored 18 points, Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) 15, Nino Dasko 13 and Lovro Bulesic (203-SG-98) 10.

AKK Vern-Belisce 76-83: Belisce made a 19-2 run to turn a three-point deficit into a 23-9 lead late in the first quarter and never looked back rest of the game. Vern cut the deficit to 74-75 with two minutes remaining. After Marko Soldo (198-G-89) missed a 3-pointer, Vern had a possession. Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) stole the ball and sank a 3-pointer and, on the next possession, made a jumper to extend Belisce's advantage to 80-76. Belisce shot 55-percent from the field including 10-of-22 behind the 3-point arc. Luka Saric scored 29 points on shooting 12-of.14 from the field, Marko Soldo (198-G-89) added 23 points, Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) 15 and Juraj Boras (191-G-91) collected 12 points and 12 assists. Vern outrebounded Belisce 47-29, picking up 25 offensive boards, but shot just 18-percent (7-of-40) from 3-point land. Marko Bakovic (202-PF-93) finished with 20 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) scored 14 points and Ivan Penic (202-F-89) 12.

Borovo-Graficar 73-62: After trailing by three late in the second quarter, Borovo went on a decisive 10-0 run spanning halftime to go up 49-42. Graficar used an 8-0 run to cut a 13-point deficit to 62-67 with 7:49 remaining, but would not score again for the rest of the game. Toni Kovac (97) led Borovo with a game-high 20 points, Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) scored 17, Srdjan Brocic (99) 13, Mario Rajsic (94) 12 and Dario Pusic (207-C-82) grabbed 11 rebounds. Graficar hit more 3-point attempts (11-of-26) than 2-point attempts (9-of-23) and were outrebounded 24-41. Jaksa Petrovic (88) and Zlatko Stefan (190-PG-90) both finished with 17 points and Mario Novak (185-G-85) added 12.

Sanac-Rudes 82-94: Mario Galic (196-G-89) scored 26 points for Rudes, Marko Dmitrovic (206-F-89) 17, Luka Ljubicic (96) 11 and Marko Juric (187-G-99) 10. Only starters scored for Sanac. Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) finished with 27 points, Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) collected 15 points and 12 assists and Vladimir Pozar (97) added 13 points



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Albanian National Team call - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Antonis Konstantinides , who has agreed terms with Apoel for next year is at the same time Albanian's National Team head coach. Tonis has just announced the roster of the pre-qualified world cup games.

ROSTER 2017

POINT-GUARDS (1):
1.MAJK VAQARI (KAMZA)
2.ELVISI DUSHA (PLYMOUTH-ENGLAND)
3.ERVIN BERDICA (VLLAZNIA)
4.KLEIN STRAZIMIRI (SK TIRANA)

SHOOTING-GUARDS (2):
5.ORLANDO MUCA (PROTEAS-GREECE)
6.DANIEL LEKENDREJ (VLLAZNIA)
7.FRANCO BUSHATI (BRESIA-ITALY)
8.ARLIND MERKAJ (ARDHMERIA)
9.MANUEL KALANXHI (TRITONAS-GREECE)

FORWARDS (3):
10.CELI TAFLAJ (ROMA ATZURRA-ITALY)
11.DITMAR MARA (ARDHMERIA)
12.REI PULLAZI (BERGAMO-ITALY)

POWER-FORWARDS (4):
13.GERTI SHIMA (SK TIRANA)
14.MICHAEL MOSES (SIGAL PRISTHINA-KOSOVO)
15.ABEL GJYZELI (SK TIRANA)

CENTERS (5):
16.ENDRIT HUSSENAGOLI (SK TIRANA)
17.CLAUDIO PATANI (ISERNIA-ITALY)
18.HERION FASHLJA (TEUTA)
19.KLAUDIO HARUNI (ESPEROS-GREECE)

HEAD COACH: ANTONIS KONSTANTINIDES
ASS.COACH: AFRIM BILALI
ASS.COACH: ENDRI RUMANI





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Myles Mack agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) inked 24-year old American point guard Myles Mack (175-77kg-93, college: Rutgers). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg last season. Mack helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to All-Imports Team.
Mack graduated from Rutgers, The State University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 30.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM30.8 
 2. Guzman, Soles SD20.7 
 3. Santana, Titanes .20.5 
 4. Rembert, Titanes .19.2 
 5. Gaines, Metros S.18.9 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.18.7 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM18.7 
 8. Bailey, Reales LV18.2 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD18.0 
 10. Foster, Huracane.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Araujo, Leones SD11.6 
 2. Santana, Titanes .9.7 
 3. Mitchell, Metros S.8.8 
 4. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM8.7 
 6. McCombs, Soles SD8.5 
 7. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 8. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD7.9 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Soliman, Caner.4.7 
 2. Carter, Huracane.4.5 
 3. Ruiz, Soles SD4.4 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD4.4 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.4.3 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.4.1 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM4.0 
 8. Dicent, Metros S.4.0 
 9. Miller, Leones SD4.0 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 2. Rose, Huracanes PP2.2 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.2.0 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 5. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
 8. Williams, Caner.1.3 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.1.3 
 10. Jones, Caneros LR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.8 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV1.8 
 3. McCombs, Soles SD1.3 
 4. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 5. Evangelista, Caner.1.2 
 6. Garcia, Indios SFM1.0 
 7. Freeman, Caner.1.0 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 9. Louis, Soles SD0.8 
 10. Garcia, Caneros LR0.8 


LNB Round 5: Leones SD keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Leones SD as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leones SD defeated 5th ranked Titanes Licey in Santo Domingo 105-90. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leones SD looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 19 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones SD (6-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Titanes Licey will play next round against strong Metros STGO trying to get back on the winning streak. Leones SD will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata.
Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Huracanes PP (2-4) 105-104 on Thursday evening. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) saved the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) answered with 21 points and 7 assists for Huracanes PP. Huracanes PP's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Indios SFM will play against Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santo Domingo: Leones SD (#2) and Soles SD (#6). Leones SD (6-1) won against visiting Soles SD (2-4) 85-77. Giancarlos Acosta stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Manuel Guzman responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Leones SD. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Soles SD dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Leones SD will meet at home Huracanes PP (#5) in the next round. Soles SD will play against Reales LV in La Vega and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Puerto Plata. Third ranked Metros STGO faced 4th placed Huracanes PP. Guests from Santiago (5-2) defeated host Huracanes PP (2-4) 91-84. Robert Glenn nailed 31 points for the winning side. Huracanes PP's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Metros STGO's next round opponent will be Titanes Licey (#4) in San Cristobal. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hope to win that game.
The game in La Vega was also quite interesting. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Reales LV (1-5). Indios SFM managed to secure a 5-point victory 106-101 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Gerardo Suero who scored 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Reales LV lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Indios SFM will face Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Reales LV will play at home against Soles SD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Caneros LR defeated Soles SD in La Romana 98-89.

Huracanes PP - Metros STGO 84-91

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Puerto Plata. Third ranked Metros STGO faced 4th placed Huracanes PP. Guests from Santiago (5-2) defeated host Huracanes PP (2-4) 91-84. It looked good early as Huracanes PP took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Metros STGO had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and Huracanes PP was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-91. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) nailed 31 points for the winning side and power forward Amaury Filion (206-81) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Jamaican Kevin Foster (203-89, college: Fresno St., agency: Haylett Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for Huracanes PP in the defeat. Huracanes PP's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Metros STGO's next round opponent will be Titanes Licey (#4) in San Cristobal. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: K.Foster 21+6reb+2ast, K.Beidler 17+2reb+1ast, M.Carter 11+4reb+6ast, L.Jacobo 9+3reb, W.Rose 9+6reb+1ast, A.Montas 8+1reb
Metros STGO: R.Glenn 31+4reb+1ast, A.Filion 15+7reb, F.Gaines 11+4reb+5ast, N.Morillo 10+1reb+1ast, A.De Leon 8+5reb+6ast, M.Dicent 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546045


Leones SD - Titanes Licey 105-90

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Leones SD as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leones SD defeated 5th ranked Titanes Licey in Santo Domingo 105-90. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leones SD looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 19 points and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Leones SD and four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones SD (6-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Titanes Licey will play next round against strong Metros STGO trying to get back on the winning streak. Leones SD will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: P.Rembert 19+2reb+2ast, J.Horford 13+6reb+2ast, C.Perez 13+4reb+1ast, J.Siggers 13+4reb+2ast, E.Santana 9+8reb+5ast, D.Moquete 9+1reb+2ast
Leones SD: J.Araujo 31+12reb+2ast, M.Rhett 17+4reb+1ast, P.Miller 16+1reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 13+1reb+6ast, T.Daniels 12+9reb+4ast, G.Acosta 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 546044


Reales LV - Indios SFM 101-106

The game in La Vega was also quite interesting. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Reales LV (1-5). Indios SFM managed to secure a 5-point victory 106-101 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Indios SFM made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Reales LV outrebounded Indios SFM 45-30 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Indios SFM looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Reales LV was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who scored 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Reales LV lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Indios SFM will face Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Reales LV will play at home against Soles SD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Reales LV: O.Bailey 21+11reb+1ast, A.Pena 19+2reb+3ast, V.Martinez 13+6reb+4ast, R.Beato 12+1reb+1ast, A.Okosun 12+10reb, Y.Minaya 10+3reb+2ast
Indios SFM: G.Suero 34+7reb+8ast, J.Miguel Suero 22+6reb+5ast, A.Gibbs 14+5reb+2ast, F.Garcia 11+1ast, T.Shannon 11+6reb+2ast, C.De La Rosa 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546042


Soles SD - Caneros LR 89-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Santo Domingo where 6th ranked Soles SD (2-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Caneros LR (2-4) 98-89 on Saturday. Caneros LR outrebounded Soles SD 51-36 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) chipped in 20 points. Puerto Rican guard Hector Maldonado (185-91, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Caneros LR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Soles SD. Caneros LR will face league's second-placed Indios SFM in San Francisco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soles SD will play on the road against Reales LV in La Vega and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: H.Maldonado 32+6reb+4ast, M.Guzman 21+4reb+2ast, A.Louis 20+10reb, D.McCombs 6+7reb+1ast, R.Tamarez 6+1reb, B.Martinez 2+1reb
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 27+8reb+4ast, A.Freeman 20+3reb+1ast, R.Scott 16+2reb+1ast, M.Evangelista 9+9reb, A.Williams 8+8reb+2ast, E.Soliman 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546043


Indios SFM - Huracanes PP 105-104

Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Huracanes PP (2-4) 105-104 on Thursday evening. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) saved the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and Nigerian-Jamaican swingman Weyinmi Rose (196-86, college: Providence) added 24 points in the effort for Huracanes PP. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Huracanes PP's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Indios SFM will play against Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: W.Rose 24+2reb+1ast, M.Carter 21+3reb+7ast, L.Jacobo 15+3reb+1ast, B.Polanco 12+2reb+1ast, K.Foster 10+7reb, A.Montas 9+4reb
Indios SFM: G.Suero 25+8reb+4ast, J.Miguel Suero 19+6reb+5ast, F.Garcia 16+3reb+5ast, T.Shannon 14+13reb+2ast, A.Gibbs 14+2reb+2ast, A.Salas Flores 12+5reb
gschID: 546041


Leones SD - Soles SD 85-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santo Domingo: Leones SD (#2) and Soles SD (#6). Leones SD (6-1) won against visiting Soles SD (2-4) 85-77. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-77. Leones SD made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Swingman Giancarlos Acosta (198-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Leones SD. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Soles SD dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Leones SD will meet at home Huracanes PP (#5) in the next round. Soles SD will play against Reales LV in La Vega and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: M.Guzman 27+7reb+1ast, R.Ruiz 15+5reb+3ast, D.McCombs 12+9reb, A.Louis 11+13reb+2ast, B.Martinez 5+1reb, R.Tamarez 4+1reb+3ast
Leones SD: G.Acosta 15+10reb+2ast, E.Fortuna 15+1reb+4ast, M.Rhett 15+8reb+3ast, T.Daniels 11+5reb+1ast, P.Miller 9+1reb+4ast, J.Araujo 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 546040





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ECBL Conference Final Matchups Set - by Scott Ludwig

The 2017 East Coast Basketball League Playoffs got underway this weekend with the top six teams in each conference competing. Petersburg Cavaliers hosted the Northern Conference opening rounds while the Florence Wildcats hosted the Southern Conference.

Northern Conference
Quarterfinals
-Carolina Thunder 120, Hampton Roads Warriors 98
-High Point Hawks 144, Winston Salem Certified 105

Semifinals
-Carolina Thunder 114, Petersburg Cavaliers 103
-North Carolina Coyotes 126, High Point Hawks 112

Southern Conference
Quarterfinals
-SC Upstate Redhawks 111, South Carolina All Stars 108
-Florence Wildcats 125, Charlotte Bulls 121 (OT)

Semifinals
-Carolina Crusaders 145, SC Upstate Redhawks 138
-PrimeTime Players 137, Florence Wildcats 110


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Liga Superior Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Izalco and Marquense - by Eurobasket News

Izalco - ExSAL ST 90-88

Izalco outgunned ExSAL in the semifinal series opener. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Izalco outrebounded ExSAL ST 60-43 including 20 on the offensive glass. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) fired a triple-double by scoring 48 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Izalco's coach used entire bench in such tough game. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds and point guard Eduardo Cabrera (174-94) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Four ExSAL ST players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 48+21reb+12ast, J.Crespin 24+5reb+2ast, G.Galdamez 6+11reb+1ast, J.Landaverde 4+9reb+2ast, V.Maya 4+7reb, C.Toledo 4+4reb+1ast
ExSAL ST: J.Hill 27+19reb+1ast, E.Cabrera 21+3reb+1ast, R.Rivas 17+4reb+4ast, C.Garcia 10+5reb+1ast, W.Melendez 7+6reb+4ast, B.Marroquin 4+4reb
gschID: 548050


Marquense - San Marcos 84-77

Marquense held off San Marcos for 1-0 lead. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-12. But San Marcos won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marquense players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Marquense's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and Leonardo Gomez added 20 points in the effort for San Marcos.
Top scorers:
Marquense: M.Artiga 26+10reb+6ast, A.Moe 21+7reb+3ast, M.Mendoza 12+2reb+2ast, J.Barrera 9+5reb+9ast, R.Flores 8+3reb+1ast, J.Hernandez 5+2reb+1ast
San Marcos: B.Lopez 29+12reb+2ast, L.Gomez 20+3reb+1ast, R.Diaz 11+4reb+5ast, E.Abullarade 9+6reb+4ast, M.Martinez 6+10reb+2ast, E.Recinos 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 548049





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Panathinaikos is the champion!!! - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos return to his throne after a short break of two years, and in his familiar position as a champion. Xavier Pascual is closing his first season in the Greek league with an absolute success as after the Greek Cup a couple of months ago, he now won the champion after an awesome game against its rival and Euroleague finalist Olympiakos.
Panathinaikos was a much better team with more solutions and more passion than the home team and took the lead right after the beginning of the second period and never watched back with the deficit at one stage going as far as +21 for Panathinaikos who had an amazing quartet consisting of KC Rivers, Nic Calathes, Bourousis and Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar). These four players together with Nikos Pappas were simply astonishing..
Panathinaikos against all odds, against all the "professional" opinions, against all the Greek Media and their analyses all this time, was able not only to prove them wrong but to win the final fifth game quite easily as Olympiakos was never in the game with the only exception being the first 6-8 minutes from then and on, the tired players of Olympiakos were not able to compete the passionate and full of willpower players of Panathinaikos who played as a solid team closing their ears and their mouths (amazing calmness in a court full of 'red" fans) and quite nervous opponents.
The final score was 51-66 in a game where the "green" defense" was absolutely fantastic. Olympiakos, a team which was scoring more than 73 points in both Euroleague and the Greek league stopped (at his home court) to the 51 points in the game which ended just a few minutes ago since it was interrupted 2.20' before the end when the score was 49-66 when the home teams fans entered in the court and created a mess with their behavior.

The game was not the derby that was expected from the home teams fans since Panathinaikos enter the second period wit a specific tactic and Coach Pasqual did a check-mate to Coach Sferopoulos when he played with three short and fast players against a more slower and taller team, so the guards of Panathinaikos (scoring in total of 33 points) dominated the game with Coach Sferopoulos not being able to find a "cure" against this schema. Olympiakos had many issues also with the solid defense in both parameter and the paint as Bourousis this time was able to dominated with his game against his opponents (The Green international player ended the game with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 block shots and 2 steals) while the MVP of the game was Mike James with his totally random and solid statistics as he ended the game with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 turnovers in nearly 31 minutes in the court

It is also worth mentioned the fact that Printezis (one of the top performers of the team) ended the game with just 4 points and 2/14 and 4 rebounds while the captain of the team Spanoulis ended the game with 9 points and 1/8 three pointers.

Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Agravanis 10 points (8 of which when the deficit went up to 21 points at the beginning of the third period) and no other player had a double digits with Spanoulis having 9 and Papanikolaou having 7 and 8 rebounds

Panathianikos: Calathes 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, James 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, Pappas 10 points and 3 steals, Rivers 13 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist and Bourousis 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 block shots and 2 steals)

Some statistical differences for the two teams:
Both the teams had awful percentages from the charity line as Olympiakos ended with 57% and 8/14 while Panathinaikos was a bit better with 60% and 6/10. Olympiakos dashed down 45 rebounds against 43 of Panathinaikos, while Panathinaikos had 17 assists against the 7 of Olympiakos moreover Olympaikos stole the ball three times against the 8 steals of Panathinaikos, so it was obvious that the domination was total!!



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Limburg United signs Tate Unruh, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) signed 27-year old American guard Tate Unruh (193-79kg-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 37 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.1apg. Unruh helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Marso Nyiregyhazi KK in Hungarian A Division where in 35 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Unruh's college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Ringwood Hawks).
Unruh attended University of Northern Colorado until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Abel Baptista

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

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Challans land Paul Turpin - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) tabbed 24-year old point guard Paul Turpin (190-93). He has played for the last two years at St Chamond in the ProB. In 34 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Turpin's team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2011.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg.
Turpin has played previously for three other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Cognac BB and Pau Nord Est.

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Nicolas de Jong leaves Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Dutch international center Nicolas de Jong (210-88) left Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA). In 31 games in France he recorded 13.5ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Cholet Basket where in 21 ProA games he averaged 11.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
de Jong's team made it to the French Cup Final Four in 2011.
He also represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.4%.
de Jong has played previously for four other teams: Olympique Antibes, Strasbourg IG, JA Vichy and Tours Joue.

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Tortosa leaves Blois - by Eurobasket News

28-year old small forward Florent Tortosa (198-89) left ADA Blois Basket 41 (ProB). Tortosa has played there for the last three years. In 24 ProB games he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Tortosa won French NM1 championship title in 2016.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. Tortosa's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg.
Tortosa has played previously for four other teams: Chalons Reims, ALM Evreux, Hyeres-Toulon and Saint Vallier.

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Tweety Carter (ex PGE Turow) signs at Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) landed 31-year old American point guard Tweety Carter (180-87kg-86, college: Baylor). He played most recently at PGE Turow in Polish PLK league. In 30 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Boulazac Basket (ProB) where in 20 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Carter contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL that year. In 5 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg. Carter also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Carter won Czech Republic League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com Czech Republic League All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Latvia (Ventspils), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and SO Maritime Boulogne), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Carter attended Baylor University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He is described as: Described as "scoring point guard" with equal passing and shooting skills Gifted scorer who possesses nearly unlimited shooting range.

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Gries/Oberhoffen signs Asier Zengotitabengoa, ex Palma - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) signed 29-year old Spaniard forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88). He played last season at Palma in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zengotitabengoa played at Melilla_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zengotitabengoa was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team back in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Andorra, Magia_Huesca, Caceres_Basket, CB Canarias and Burgos.

Gries/Oberhoffen BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Xavier Forcada
Simon Cretaux

Forward:
Asier Zengotitabengoa

Center:
Ludovic Negrobar

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Gries/Oberhoffen adds Forcada to their roster, ex Prat - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old Spaniard guard Xavier Forcada (194-88). He has played for the last two seasons at CB Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Gold. In 28 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Forcada played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention in 2016.
Forcada has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like FC Barcelona, Caceres_Basket, Leche Rio Breogan, Cornella and L'Hospitalet.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A quick player who loves to steal the ball in defense, and very effective in the open court and in fast breaks; has a future at the PG position, because is a good passer;.

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Georgian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Georgian National Team 2017
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Beka Burjanadze
Burjanadze
Beka Bekauri
Bekauri
Levan Patsatsia
Patsatsia
Manuchar Markoishvili
Markoishvili
Duda Sanadze
Sanadze
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Beka Burjanadze 201-PF-94 Andorra Spain
Beka Bekauri 207-PF-91 Kutaisi Georgia
Levan Patsatsia 198-SF-88 Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia
Manuchar Markoishvili 197-SF-86 Darussafaka Turkey
Duda Sanadze 196-G-92 KK Primorska Slovenia
Giorgi Tsintsadze 192-PG-86 Kutaisi Georgia
Giorgi Sharabidze 210-C-90 Feni Industries FYR Macedonia
Anatoliy Boisa 192-SF-83 Kutaisi Georgia
Kakhaber Jintcharadze 195-SG-93 Batumi Georgia
Mikheil Berishvili 204-SF-87 Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia
Goga Bitadze 211-C/F-99 Smederevo Serbia
Otar Pkhakadze 188-PG-93 Mgzavrebi Georgia
Michael Dixon 186-G-90 AEK Athens Greece
Tornike Shengelia 206-F-91 Baskonia Spain
Giorgi Shermadini 217-C-89 Andorra Spain
Viktor Sanikidze 203-F-86 Aris Greece
Zaza Pachulia 211-C-84 Golden St.W. USA

Ilias Zouros Head Coach Buducnost Montenegro



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.7 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 6. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.6 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.4 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 8. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 9. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.5 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 
 10. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 


Iserlohn Adds Veteran Nikita Khartchenkov - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One could truely call Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) a basketball globetrotter as he has played for 13 teams in his long career and his journey continues as does the list of teams as well as this season he will play for his 14th team and strap on the Iserlohn jersey in the Pro B. He brings 115 BBL games experience and played parts of 6 seasons in the BBL. Khartchenkov is a 30 year old 200cm forward that also has the Russian citzenship and played the last two seasons for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga) and two seasons ago played 25 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 77.5%. Last season for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-ProB) he played 25 games averaging 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 67.6%. "He is a very experienced player that can lead us with his routine. It is very valuable to have him on the roster especially now with our rebuilding phase", added Iserlohn manager Michael Dahmen. Last season he scored in double figures in ten games including a 23 point effort against Reclinghausen and 20 point game against the ScanPlus Baskets. "I like my role in Iserlohn an dthat is why I decided to make this change. I still know many guys from my days in Hagen and it feels like a family reunion", stressed Nikita Khartchenkov.

He started his basketball career in 2004 with TV Langen (2.Bundesliga). He then got two years of valuable experience with the farm team of BC Khimki-2 Moscow reg. (B Superleague). In 2006 he returned back to Germany and played two seasons in the Braunschweig organization playing for SG Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga, 1T); 30 games: 20.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 47%, 3FGP: 34.9%, FT: 79.3%, also a license to play for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 8 games: 0.8ppg. In the 2007-2008 season he played for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB): 23 games: 21.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 85.2%, played also for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 23 games: 2.0ppg. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games: Score-5 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 81.1%. In the 2009-2010, he landed back in the BBL wit the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 34 games averaging 6.8ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 75.5%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for the Duesseldorf Giants (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 16 games: 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg; in Feb.'11 moved to USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA): 11 games: 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.9%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.0%. In the 2011-2012 season he left Germany for CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Romania-Div.A) playing 27 games averaging 17.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 83.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he was back in Germany with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProA) playing 13 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 36.6%, FT: 78.9%, in Jan.'13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 18 games: 14.6ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.6%. In the 2013-2014 season he made the jump back to the BBL with Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 28 games averaging 4.9ppg. In the 2014-2015 season he started with Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 5 games averaging 1.8ppg, left in Nov.'14, in Dec.'14 moved to ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA) playing 3 games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, in Jan.'15 signed at FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 8 games averaging 16.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 36.6%, 3PT: 46.4%, FT: 77.4%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -03-05, Albert Schweitzer Tournament (Unofficial U18 World Championships) -04: 15.5ppg, 5rpg, 1.8apg, Russian Superleague B Runner-Up -05, Russian All-Superleague B Coach of the Year -05, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, German U20 National Team -06, 07, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3FGP: 41.1%, FT: 78.6%, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Newcomer of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team -07, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Newcomers Team -07
European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07 (Semifinals): 7 games: 15.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 45%, FT: 71.4%
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -08, German A2 National Team -08-09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -09, and German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -16.

Source:Iserlohn





Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) could join Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) is considering to sign 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

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Brose Baskets claim third straight BBL title - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets - EWE Baskets 76:58

Brose Baskets earned the third consecutive BBL title. They rallied past EWE Baskets in Game 3 of the championship series to complete the sweep. Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) scored 15 points to lead the champions. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) added 11 points to be named the Finals MVP.
Brose Baskets eked out a narrow 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They controlled the tempo throughout the second period. The hosts grabbed a 39:34 halftime advantage. Brose Baskets maintained the pressure throughout the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points. Brose Baskets limited their opponents to just 9 points in the final term and rolled to the victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) delivered 11 points, while Darius Miller contributed 10 points for the hosts. Brian Qvale (210-C-88, college: Montana) replied with 12 points for EWE Baskets. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92, college: San Diego, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 10 points in the loss.

Brose Baskets: Maodo Lo 15, Fabien Causeur 11, Janis Strelnieks 11
EWE Baskets: Brian Qvale 12, Dennis Kramer 10



Brandon Spearman (I Took A Big Stride This Year With Leadership Being Disciplined And Reading The Game Better) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91, college: Hawaii) is a 24 year old 190cm guard that completed his third professional season and second with the Romerstrom Gladiators Trier averaging 15,8ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,6apg. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton (NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. Last season with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) he played 37 games: 12.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 61.7%. He spoke to eurobasket at the conclusion of the season before it was announced he wouldn't be returning to Trier.

Brandon thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and have you digested the 5 game season ending series loss to BV Chemnitz yet?

Hey Miles, right now I'm on my way back to USA. The series with Chemnitz was very intense, I feel the series could of went either way for both sides. Congrats to Chemnitz


It was a very hard fought 5 game series. Do you feel like game three was the turning point? Had you won that game, you most likely would have sailed into the Pro A semi-finals?

Every game was important to us and every game we fought hard. We were just a couple plays away from winning in games 3 & 5.


You said in our last interview in March heading into the playoffs that the team was being invictus and being consistent. Keep playing our style I'm sure we going to be fine. What do you feel in the end was key for not being able to win the series against BV Chemnitz?

We played our basketball and everyone stayed true to the system of being Invictus. I'm proud of my guys. I don't have the answers on the reasons why we loss but I know we gave it everything we had.

The club played very solid defense. Do you feel that at the times the offense let the team down in certain situations?

We played solid on both ends of the floor. Proud of my guys.

It was your third straight playoff run with SC Rist Wedel and Trier. Was the series against BV Chemnitz besides the disappointing loss your most remembered playoffs as a professional?

Yes this is for sure the most disappointing loss but I'll learn and grow from it.


You had a solid game three scoring 15 points, but went 0/4 from outside. Had you nailed one or two, the club probably would have won the game. Is there any three of those four that you still have in your head knowing you should of dropped it?

Yes the game could of been close

What is your overall season summary for the Romerstrom Gladiators. You made the playoffs. Was the team goal reached or do you feel as if the whole team potential fell a bit short?

The goal was to reach the finals, we fell a bit short.


If you had to choose one player that you feel improved the most from the first day of training camp until the game 5 loss in Chemnitz who would you pick?

I can't choose one player because everyone evolved throughout the whole year proud of everyone effort and work.

In the last interview you stated about Jermaine Bucknor 'Buck has so much knowledge about the game and it feels good to have a veteran with so much experience like him on our team. It's been really big have him apart of the team'. What was the most vital thing you picked up from him on the court in the few months that you were teammates?

His smarts on the court and his patients on reading the game and so much more.

You said in our first interview in October that '' I Love Leading And This Is A Long Season And Being Consistent Is Key'. How do you feel were you able to make strides in leadership qualities in your third professional season?


I took a big stride this year on leadership and being one of the captains the team needed me to be. I feel I did a good job.


You state often that one of the reasons for your improved play has to do with putting in extra work. Do you feel like you have become a better disciplined player this season as well?

For sure better disciplined and better at reading the game.


You improved your scoring and three point shooting from last season. Is Brandon Spearman ready to make the next step or are you just a very good Pro A player?

I'm ready to make the next step


What is the next step for Brandon Spearmann? Do you see yourself staying in Germany for a fourth season or anxious to explore the basketball in another country?

I can see myself playing in Germany, also I can see myself playing in another country.

What are your summer plans? Do you have anything special planned or will you just be staying at home with the family and working on your game?

Spending a lot of time with family and working out preparing for my next step.

Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics for 70 points. Did it surprise you that a guy like him was able to do that before many other amazing NBA scorers?

Not surprised Booker a great player.


Where do you rank Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas at the moment with the best point guards in the NBA? Is he a top 3 point guard at the moment behind Westbrook and Harden?

I'll say top 5


How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?


Yeah it was a cool story but I really enjoyed that North Carolina won


Is Lonzo Ball the real thing? Do you feel like he will be able to develop further despite the antics of his father on social media?

Yes he will develop and he's going to be a great player

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

Russell a great player you have to respect what he's done this season.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.




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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
 10. Robert, AGOR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.4 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.6.0 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.3 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 4. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 5. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 7. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kavvadas, Aris1.0 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 7. Jackson, Aris0.9 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


Panathinaikos is the champion!!! - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos return to his throne after a short break of two years, and in his familiar position as a champion. Xavier Pascual is closing his first season in the Greek league with an absolute success as after the Greek Cup a couple of months ago, he now won the champion after an awesome game against its rival and Euroleague finalist Olympiakos.
Panathinaikos was a much better team with more solutions and more passion than the home team and took the lead right after the beginning of the second period and never watched back with the deficit at one stage going as far as +21 for Panathinaikos who had an amazing quartet consisting of KC Rivers, Nic Calathes, Bourousis and Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar). These four players together with Nikos Pappas were simply astonishing..
Panathinaikos against all odds, against all the "professional" opinions, against all the Greek Media and their analyses all this time, was able not only to prove them wrong but to win the final fifth game quite easily as Olympiakos was never in the game with the only exception being the first 6-8 minutes from then and on, the tired players of Olympiakos were not able to compete the passionate and full of willpower players of Panathinaikos who played as a solid team closing their ears and their mouths (amazing calmness in a court full of 'red" fans) and quite nervous opponents.
The final score was 51-66 in a game where the "green" defense" was absolutely fantastic. Olympiakos, a team which was scoring more than 73 points in both Euroleague and the Greek league stopped (at his home court) to the 51 points in the game which ended just a few minutes ago since it was interrupted 2.20' before the end when the score was 49-66 when the home teams fans entered in the court and created a mess with their behavior.

The game was not the derby that was expected from the home teams fans since Panathinaikos enter the second period wit a specific tactic and Coach Pasqual did a check-mate to Coach Sferopoulos when he played with three short and fast players against a more slower and taller team, so the guards of Panathinaikos (scoring in total of 33 points) dominated the game with Coach Sferopoulos not being able to find a "cure" against this schema. Olympiakos had many issues also with the solid defense in both parameter and the paint as Bourousis this time was able to dominated with his game against his opponents (The Green international player ended the game with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 block shots and 2 steals) while the MVP of the game was Mike James with his totally random and solid statistics as he ended the game with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 turnovers in nearly 31 minutes in the court

It is also worth mentioned the fact that Printezis (one of the top performers of the team) ended the game with just 4 points and 2/14 and 4 rebounds while the captain of the team Spanoulis ended the game with 9 points and 1/8 three pointers.

Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Agravanis 10 points (8 of which when the deficit went up to 21 points at the beginning of the third period) and no other player had a double digits with Spanoulis having 9 and Papanikolaou having 7 and 8 rebounds

Panathianikos: Calathes 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, James 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, Pappas 10 points and 3 steals, Rivers 13 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist and Bourousis 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 block shots and 2 steals)

Some statistical differences for the two teams:
Both the teams had awful percentages from the charity line as Olympiakos ended with 57% and 8/14 while Panathinaikos was a bit better with 60% and 6/10. Olympiakos dashed down 45 rebounds against 43 of Panathinaikos, while Panathinaikos had 17 assists against the 7 of Olympiakos moreover Olympaikos stole the ball three times against the 8 steals of Panathinaikos, so it was obvious that the domination was total!!



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Boys Indiana All-Stars down Kentucky 94-89 - by Eurobasket News

Consecutive win No. 17 came with a big boost from No. 15. Via No. 1. IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball Kristafer Wilkes (6'8''-SF-98) of North Central led the Indiana All-Stars with 29 points as the boys extended their winning streak over Kentucky in the annual series to a record 17 games with a 94-89 win on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Wilkes was wearing a No. 15 jersey, not the customary Mr. Basketball No. 1. Where was his No. 1 jersey? 'I put it with the dirty clothes on Tuesday and haven't seen it since,' he said. He might stick with No. 15 after Saturday's performance. Wilkes took over when necessary, making nine of his first 10 shots and finishing 12-for-18 from the field. He also had six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Wilkes did just enough to outduel Kentucky Mr. Basketball Taveion Hollingsworth (6'3''-G), who finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds. But the 6-3 Hollingsworth, a Western Kentucky recruit, was limited to 10-for-26 shooting as he was guarded by the taller Wilkes in the second half. 'He's a good player, but when I guarded him more, he wasn't attacking as much,' Wilkes said. 'Going into (Sunday), I'll stay on him and fight through the screens and try to shut him down more.' The Indiana All-Stars will go for 18 in a row when the teams meet again on Sunday at the Frankfort Civic Center in Frankfort, Ky. The girls game begins at 2 p.m., and will be followed by the boys. It appeared, for a fleeting moment, that the Indiana All-Stars might not get that chance. In front of 6,466 fans, Kentucky rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final 7 minutes to cut the lead to 90-89 on a 3-pointer by Jake Ohmer with 49 seconds left. Following a turnover, Kentucky had a shot to take the lead. But Kel Livers missed and Indiana was able to shut the door when Sasha Stefanovic made two free throws and Jalen Adaway scored on a layup. The All-Stars won despite being outrebounded by nine and shooting just 4-for-18 from the 3-point line. Adaway, a late addition to the All-Star team, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and the 6-10 Jack Nunge added 12 points and nine rebounds. Warren Central's Mack Smith scored all 10 of his points in the first half. 'We struggled the entire game rebounding the ball and boxing them out,' All-Stars coach Marty Beasley said. 'They are very physical and athletic. The second half we did a better job of containing (Hollingsworth). We put Kris on him to get a little more length. For the most part, it was good to see us go through a physical game and see what we're made of.' It was a good showing by the Kentucky All-Stars, who played their closest game in Indiana since an 83-82 loss in the 2008 game. That year was also the last time Kentucky won a game in the series, taking the rematch 95-78 in Louisville. Kentucky coach Rodney Woods said the Kentucky side is hoping for a crowd in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 when the teams meet Sunday. That would be an improvement from recent years, when crowds in Kentucky have been in the 700-900 range. 'We want to win one,' Woods said. 'Like we tell the kids before this starts, this is not your typical all-star game. It's unique and special. Indiana has treated it a lot more special than we have over the last 20 years. Our end of the bargain needs to pick up. I think it is. We need to win some games to get this back to where it once was and create interest on our side.' Wilkes said there isn't any pressure that comes with the streak. The games in Kentucky in recent years have traditionally been close. Five of the past seven games in Kentucky have been decided by five points or fewer. 'We try not to focus on all that,' Wilkes said of the streak. 'If we focus on that, people will try to do a little too much.' The All-Stars could use another big performance from Wilkes, no matter the jersey number.
Courtesy of: indystar.com



St. Joe's Telfer chooses Post University - by Eurobasket News

St. Joseph senior basketball standout Omar Telfer has committed to Post University to continue his career at the collegiate level. Telfer was a four-year varsity player for the Cadets and was named a captain for his senior season. The point guard averaged 12.0 points per game, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals under head coach Paul Dudzinski this past season. He also shot 45 percent from the floor. Telfer plans to pursue a Business Management degree while at Post, a Division II school located in Waterbury.
Courtesy of: ctpost.com



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Nicolas de Jong leaves Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Dutch international center Nicolas de Jong (210-88) left Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA). In 31 games in France he recorded 13.5ppg and 3.8rpg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Cholet Basket where in 21 ProA games he averaged 11.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
de Jong's team made it to the French Cup Final Four in 2011.
He also represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.4%.
de Jong has played previously for four other teams: Olympique Antibes, Strasbourg IG, JA Vichy and Tours Joue.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.2 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 8. Szabo, ZTE K.7.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.3 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 7. Kromah, Kormend1.8 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 4. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 5. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 


A Division Round 2 of Finals. Alba edge Falco KC on the road - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Falco KC - Alba 65-75

Alba rallied past Falco KC on the road to even the championship series at 1-1. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Alba had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Falco KC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 16+8reb+6ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+8reb, A.Pustahvar 11+4reb, L.Medford 9+4reb+1ast, N.Toth 7+6reb, D.Barham 4+4reb+2ast
Alba: B.Taylor 16+4reb+2ast, W.Shepard 14+7reb+5ast, J.Edwards 12+7reb+4ast, J.Farr 9+4reb+3ast, P.Lorant 8+7reb, L.Markovic 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547839

3-4 Place
ZTE KK - Kormend 99-95

ZTE KK overcame Kormend to sweep the consolation final series. Kormend was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of ZTE KK, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) replied with 28 points and 5 assists and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kormend. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kormend: L.Kromah 28+3reb+5ast, T.Allen 20+8reb+2ast, A.Nemeth 13+4reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 13+3reb, L.Smith Jr. 13+5reb+5ast, C.Ferencz 8+2reb+2ast
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 22+2reb+10ast, S.Benke 18+2reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 16+4reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 14+5reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 13+8reb+4ast, J.Norfleet 12+1reb+4ast



Kormend signs Akos Halasz - by Eurobasket News

Egis Kormend (A Division) signed 26-year old point guard Akos Halasz (183-91, agency: HMS) from PVSK Pannon. Halasz has played there for the last six years. In 37 A Division games he had 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg last season.
His team made it to the Hungarian Cup Final Four in 2013.
Halasz was a member of Hungarian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for Pecsi Egyetemi Atletikai Club.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dallis Joyner (ex Ironi K-A) agreed terms with Aguilas - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas de Tunja (Liga DirecTV) inked 27-year old American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-113kg-90, college: Stony Brook). He has played for the last three years at Ironi Kiryat Ata in Israeli National League. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Joyner played also at Ironi Kiryat Ata (also in National League) where in 36 games he averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 2nd Team.
Joyner's team won Israeli National League Regular Season in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Joyner has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and Switzerland (Lugano Tigers).
He attended State University of New York,Stony Brook until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Israeli National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Israeli National Team 2017
#s#
Omri Casspi
Casspi
Richard Howell
Howell
Jake Cohen
Cohen
Gal Mekel
Mekel
Rafi Menco
Menco
#e#5
Omri Casspi 206-SF-88 Minnesota T. USA
Richard Howell 203-C/F-90 Hapoel J-M Israel
Jake Cohen 208-PF-90 Maccabi Ashdod Israel
Gal Mekel 190-PG-88 Maccabi T-A Israel
Rafi Menco 198-SF-94 Hapoel Eilat Israel
Idan Zalmanson 206-C/F-95 Maccabi Rishon Israel
Lior Eliyahu 205-F-85 Hapoel J-M Israel
Bar Timor 190-PG-92 Hapoel J-M Israel
Raviv Limonad 191-SG-84 Hapoel T-A Israel
Yotam Halperin 194-G-84 Hapoel J-M Israel
Shawn Dawson 198-G/F-93 Maccabi Rishon Israel
Guy Pnini 200-SF-83 Maccabi T-A Israel
Yogev Ohayon 189-PG-87 Maccabi T-A Israel
Karam Mashour 198-F-91 Bnei Hertzeliyya Israel
Amit Simhon 198-F/G-89 Maccabi Haifa Israel
Oz Blayzer 199-PF-92 Maccabi Haifa Israel
Egor Koulechov 196-G/F-94 Florida USA
Elishay Kadir 202-PF-87 Maccabi Rishon Israel
Itay Segev 205-PF-95 Maccabi T-A Israel
Alexey Chubrevich 212-C-86 Hapoel Holon Israel
Tomer Ginat 202-PF-94 Hapoel T-A Israel




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  ITALY  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.6 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino18.5 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.0 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.2 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 4. Bottioni, Campli5.1 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.0 
 6. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 7. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 8. Maggio, Napoli Cuore4.9 
 9. Panzini, Cassino4.8 
 10. Centanni, Volpino .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna2.0 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 5. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 6. Mastroianni, Napoli C.1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 10. Gatti, Campli0.9 


Banco di Srd tabs Wiliam Hatcher, ex Partizan - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) inked 33-year old American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Partizan in Serbian KLS league. In 14 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Hatcher also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1. In 28 games he had 12.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg (top 3) and 1.1spg. Hatcher helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team. Hatcher also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 13.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg.
Hatcher's team won Cyprus Cup in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Hatcher has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), France (STB Le Havre), Germany (Dragons Rhoendorf), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Romania (CSU Sibiu), Cyprus (Keravnos) and Czech Republic (BK Decin).
He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Hatcher's game is described as: William played a very successful season for BK Decin leading them to 3rd place after regular season and into the playoff semifinals he was the 5th leading scorer in Czech NBL with 16,4 ppg. And 2nd in assists with 5,4 apg one of the best, if not the best point guard in the Romanian league in 2007/08 William led his team to an unexpected 2nd place after the regular season great floor leader who adapts well on new situations strong ball handling skills has quick feet and good lateral foot speed has the ability to become a great defender likes to score in traffic and has a strong drive to the basket Miami of Ohio University head coach Charlie Coles: William is a very talented player, who works extremely hard to continue developing his game. Hatch was a clutch player in our program, always coming up with the big shot when we needed it most. We saw what he did here at Miami--emerging as one of the top players in the league and earning First-Team All-MAC honors last season" During his final two years at Miami, he spurred the RedHawks to the program's 21st Mid-American Conference title (2004-05) and guided them to back-to-back NIT appearances voted by his peers in the Mid-American Conference as the Cleveland Plain Dealer's 2006 Captains Choice Award for Best All-Around Guard Miami's leading scorer, averaging 14.3 ppg also led the Miami of Ohio RedHawks in assists (125), steals (34), made 3-pointers (44) and minutes played (1,089) .

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Wiliam Hatcher
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Achille Polonara

Coach: Federico Pasquini

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rinaldi left Treviso Basket - by Eurobasket News

32-year old ex-international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (205-107kg-85, agency: Interperformances) left De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2). Rinaldi has played there for the last three years. In 36 Serie A2 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rinaldi's team won Italian Serie A2 East Regular Season in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2009.
Rinaldi was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
Rinaldi also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Rimini, Umana Venezia, UBC, Brescia, CZG Veroli, Ostuni and Brescia.
On Rinaldi: The most promising Italian inside player; great back to the basket offensive skills, great hook-shot; has a unique instinct for the rebounds, at both the ends of the court; needs to improve in defense (now he is too foul-prone); Dramatically improved when his coach moved him stably in the 5 position. Despite being undersized, he showed so good skills to earn a spot at the National A Camp...

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Napoli Cuore beat Bergamo to clinch Serie A2 promotion - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo - Napoli Cuore 59-64

Napoli Cuore rallied past Bergamo to secure Serie A2 promotion. 24 personal fouls committed by Bergamo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and guard Simone Berti (196-85) added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 24+13reb+1ast, S.Berti 13+13reb+6ast, T.Milani 6+4reb+3ast, A.Panni 5+4reb+4ast, P.Chiarello 4+1reb+1ast, N.Bastone 4+7reb+1ast
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 31+13reb+1ast, S.Nikolic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 9+2reb+2ast, R.Maggio 8+6reb+3ast, D.Marzaioli 3+1reb, M.Mastroianni 2+4reb
gschID: 548053





Rush is back at Bondi Ferrara - by Armando Caporaso

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) added to their roster 29-year old Swedish ex-international small forward Erik Rush (196-95kg-88, college: Montana State). It is actually his comeback to Bondi Ferrara as he has played here before. Rush played last season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. Rush also played that season for JL Bourg in French ProB where in 9 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals.
Rush's team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2013.
He also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg.
Rush has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apollon) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria).
He attended Montana State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Rush: An athletic swingman who can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions as well. Scores most of his points by attacking the basket with great energy, he's also a good passer and rebounder for his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serie B Round 1 of Final Four. Orzinuovi GaGa and Montegrano clinch A2 promotion - by Eurobasket News

Orzinuovi GaGa - Napoli Cuore 68-58

Orzinuovi GaGa outgunned Napoli Cuore to claim Serie A2 birth. Orzinuovi GaGa had a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Napoli Cuore helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Giorgio Piunti (206-90) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 14+5reb+2ast, R.Maggio 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mastroianni 9+1reb, A.Barsanti 8+2reb, N.Visnjic 7+7reb+1ast, D.Marzaioli 4+1reb
Orzinuovi GaGa: R.Valenti 13+8reb+1ast, G.Piunti 12+6reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 10+4reb+3ast, M.Toure 9+5reb, M.Bona 9+3reb+4ast, R.Perego 5+2reb
gschID: 547821


Bergamo - Montegrano 64-74

Montegrano overcame Bergamo to secure A2 promotion. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Naturalized Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-84, agency: Players Group) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Montegrano players scored in double figures. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Bergamo.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 17+9reb+1ast, T.Milani 10+5reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 9+5reb, S.Berti 8+1reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 8+3reb, A.Panni 5+5reb+7ast
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 18+4reb, E.Rivali 13+6reb+1ast, M.Diomede 12+2reb, M.Dip 11+9reb+1ast, O.Gueye 9+1reb, G.Broglia 9+11reb+1ast
gschID: 547820





Bondi Ferrara keeps Molinaro for another season - by Armando Caporaso

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) re-signed 25-year old forward Lorenzo Molinaro (204-92). He played there last season. In 9 Serie A2 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 4.7rpg. Molinaro also played that season for BCC Corvengenze Agropoli (Serie A) where in 20 games he had 3.4ppg and 2.9rpg.
His team won Italian Serie B Group D Regular Season in 2015.
Molinaro has played previously for six other teams: Openjobmetis VA, UBC, Treviglio, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Ravenna and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.
He is described as: A great athlete who grew up playing inside and who needs to add quickly perimetral skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KENYA  


Lions Shock Champions Co-Op Bank in Premiership Duel - by Eurobasket News

KCB Lions thumped reigning national champions Co-operative Bank 59-45 in a National basketbal Premier League clash at the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium. The tie played under floodlights saw Co-op take the first quarter 16-11 before Lions made it 8-8 in in second quarter. After the break, Lions bolted away strong, taking a 18-11 advantage and building a 22-10 cushion in the decisive fourth quarter. Tobias Onyango (182-G-80) nailed 20 points including the free shots that put icing on the win. Ex-Ulinzi Warriors' Victor Odendo (189-G/F-80) and Ancette Wafula (198-F/C-70), who have joined the bankers, combined for the winners 17 points. Co-op Bank had Abel Nson (183-G-77) as the only player scoring double figures as he registered 14.
Courtesy of: the-star.co.ke



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  LATVIA  


Liepaja/Triobet lands Roman Gruschenko, ex Stroitiel Engels - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Russian power forward Roman Gruschenko (205-98kg-95). He played most recently at Stroitiel Engels in Russian Superleague 2. In 22 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg last season. Gruschenko also played that season for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (U23 League) in Russia where in 22 games he had 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv (U23 League) in Russia that year.
Among other achievements Gruschenko received Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Russia at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Gruschenko has played also professionally in Russia for Rossiya Novogorsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.7 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Ledbetter, Mazat.21.3 
 7. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Glover, Obregon21.1 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.2 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.1 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. West, Guaymas8.4 
 8. Wilson, Hermosillo8.3 
 9. Miller, Los Mochis8.0 
 10. Murphy, Los Mochis7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.9 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato5.7 
 4. Capers, Obregon5.6 
 5. Howard, Mazatlan5.4 
 6. Murphy, Los Mochis5.3 
 7. Williams, Tijuana5.1 
 8. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 9. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.0 
 10. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.4 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Capers, Obregon2.3 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis2.0 
 6. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 7. White, Mazatlan1.5 
 8. Henry, Hermosillo1.5 
 9. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 8. Smith, Durango0.9 
 9. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 10. White, Mazatlan0.9 



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  NAMIBIA  


Second Basketball High-Performance Centre Opens - by Eurobasket News

The Namibian Basketball Federation in Walvis Bay opened its second high performance center on 21 June. Under guidance of coach Sylvester Goraseb and Namibian Basketball Federation's German expert Frank Albin, a selected group of 12 young talents started working on their fundamentals. During the following weeks, the players and local coaches are supposed to follow the practice plan given by Namibia Basketball Federation which shall guarantee that all selected players achieve a minimum skill level. The first high-performance centre was established in April in Tsumeb and the players have been making a lot of progress since then. Soon after its opening, the high-performance centre in Walvis Bay hosted a mini basketball event in honour of the Olympic Day. Around 50 players, coaches and teachers from various primary schools took part. The boys and girls learned the basics of dribbling, passing and shooting; harnessing their new horned skills in various contests and games.
Courtesy of: economist.com.na



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  NBA  


Bulls Hold Exit Meeting With Dwyane Wade - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette)'s exit meeting with the Bulls finally took place Saturday, relays K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. Wade talked briefly with management after the team was eliminated from the playoffs in late April, and both sides agreed to wait a few weeks for the official meeting. A source told Johnson the meeting was 'positive' and touched on several subjects, including the possible makeup of next year's team. Wade has a June 27th deadline to decide whether to opt out of his $23.8MM salary for next season. The Bulls haven't put any pressure on Wade to make his choice earlier and are preparing for him to opt in, according to Johnson. Wade said during the season that the prospects for the team would determine his future in Chicago, along with family and financial considerations. The Bulls rallied late in the year to finish 41-41 and claim the final playoff spot, but were eliminated in the first round by Boston. Wade, who spent 13 years in Miami before signing with Chicago last summer, played 60 games during his first season with the Bulls, averaging 18.3 points per night. Management held a similar meeting last week with Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette), who has been the subject of on-and-off trade rumors over the past year. There is a feeling in Chicago that Wade will only return to the team if Butler stays. 'Jimmy is, you know, a huge component in me being here,' Wade said at an April 29th press conference. 'You know, what's his future like? But at the end of the day it is a me decision. Everyone knows that Jimmy's my guy, and I'm here because of our conversation [last summer]. But a lot of it depends on the whole big picture. Jimmy's a big piece, but it's a big picture as an organization. As players, with player options, I want it smack dead in my face of how it's gonna be, what their thought of my role or position could be here - all of it.'
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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  NCAA1  


Butler's Chris Holtmann reaches deal to coach Ohio State coach - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssport.com

Butler's Chris Holtmann has reached an agreement in principle to become Ohio State's next coach, a source told CBS Sports early Friday.
A formal announcement is expected soon.
The contract is for eight years and a total of roughly $24 million.
Holtmann spent the past three years at Butler and led the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He won four NCAA Tournament games in those three seasons and advanced to the Sweet 16 this past March.

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So Ohio State's search to replace Thad Matta -- who was removed Monday in a surprising development -- lasted just five days. But it was a wild five days that saw a list of possible candidates start withArizona's Sean Miller,Indiana's Archie Miller,Xavier's Chris Mack and Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The list then, on Wednesday, included Fred Hoiberg of the Chicago Bulls andCreighton's Greg McDermott -- both of whom publicly removed themselves from consideration within 24 hours of each other.
All the while, Holtmann was there.
The 45-year-old was identified as a candidate early. But OSU's search didn't completely turn his direction until Thursday afternoon. After that, though, a source told CBS Sports, things progressed quickly. And now Butler athletic director Barry Collier finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to conduct a coaching search only a few weeks before the July evaluation period begins.



Former Kansas forward Dwight Coleby to transfer to WKU - by Eurobasket News

Former Kansas forward Dwight Coleby (6'9''-F-94) intends to transfer to Western Kentucky, he confirmed with WBKO on Saturday. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Coleby is eligible immediately this season. 'As we continue to look to add veteran leadership, we're very excited to have Dwight join our program and family,' WKU coach Rick Stansbury said in a release. 'He brings invaluable experience to our frontcourt where it is much-needed following his two years at Ole Miss and his year playing at Kansas.' Coleby graduated from KU earlier in May and spent two seasons with the Jayhawks. He sat out the 2015-16 season by rule and used that season as his redshirt year. In 2016-17, Coleby played in 24 games, averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds. His season high was a 12-point outing Feb. 25 at Texas. Coleby, a native of the Bahamas, spent two seasons at Mississippi from 2013-15 where he played in 62 games. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds as a sophomore and 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds as a freshman. The forward will have the chance to play in his native country Nov. 22-24 when WKU participates in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Paradise Island. One of the top-ranked players in the state of Mississippi in 2013, Coleby averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and three assists for The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Miss. He was recruited by Mississippi State and former Rick Stansbury assistant George Brooks. Coleby's brother, Kadeem Coleby, played at Louisiana-Lafayette and Wichita State. Coleby will join November signees Mitchell Robinson, Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, spring signees Jordan Brangers and Jake Ohmer and recent commitments Marek Nelson and Chris Duarte. Virginia transfer Darius Thompson, Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden, Austin Peay transfer Jared Savage (ineligible in 2017-18), Northwest Florida State transfer Moustpaha Diagne and 2017 enrollee Robinson Idehen will also be a part of the team along with first-year walk-on Miles Weber.
Courtesy of: wbko.com



Former St. John's forward Darien Williams transfers to Nevada - by Eurobasket News

After announcing his intention in late March to graduate and transfer from the St. John's Red Storm, forward Darien Williams (6'8''-F) has committed to the Nevada Wolf Pack. FanRag's Jon Rothstein had the news first. Williams appeared in 24 of the Red Storm's 33 games last season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. His best game of the season came in St. John's loss to LIU-Brooklyn in December. Williams had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Best of luck to Darien with the Wolf Pack.
Courtesy of: bigeastcoastbias.com



Italian Guard Moretti Signs With Texas Tech - by Carl Berman

Italian 2017 combo guard Davide Moretti (6'2''-PG-98) has committed to Texas Tech. The 6-2 Moretti helped the U18 Italian national team to third place in the FIBA U18 European Championships last summer, averaging 14.8 points and 5.0 assists while shooting over 45 percent on three-pointers.

Moretti just completed a visit to the USA where he took official visits to UConn, Indiana and Utah in addition to Texas Tech. He'll be returning to Italy to join the U19 national team as they prepare to play in the FIBA U19 World Championships which takes place in Egypt in early July. This past season Moretti averaged 12.7 points and 2.2 assists and shot 37.7 percent from long distance for Treviso in the second best league in Italy..

NetScouts Basketball's recent scouting report on Moretti indicates that "he has very quick hands and is a sharp, excellent ball-handler. Decision making +++, if he has a good day he is unstoppable. He can score from any place on the half court. Can be a facilitator or a scorer but is the leader of his team."

Moretti is seasoned with solid experience in a high level, professional league the last two seasons and should be a contributor from day one for the Red Raiders.

Carl Berman is Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.



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  NCAA2  


St. Joe's Telfer chooses Post University - by Eurobasket News

St. Joseph senior basketball standout Omar Telfer has committed to Post University to continue his career at the collegiate level. Telfer was a four-year varsity player for the Cadets and was named a captain for his senior season. The point guard averaged 12.0 points per game, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals under head coach Paul Dudzinski this past season. He also shot 45 percent from the floor. Telfer plans to pursue a Business Management degree while at Post, a Division II school located in Waterbury.
Courtesy of: ctpost.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.0 
 2. Jones, Canterbury22.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.22.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.3 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.7 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.18.7 
 7. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.8 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.4 
 5. Jones, Canterbury9.1 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.7.8 
 9. Egwu, SC Rangers7.7 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.7 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers6.1 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.6 
 6. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.4.9 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. McCarron, SC Ra.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.6 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.6 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir WILLIAMS
  Taylor H.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 
 10. Jones, Canterbury0.7 


NBL Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest Sharks' (#2) easy road victory over Rangers (#3) 101-83 on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Luke Aston (200-90, college: BYU-Hawaii) fired 21 points for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Rangers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost.
Fifth-ranked Hawks (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Sharks (12-6) in Southland. Sharks managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Alex Pledger contributed with 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for Hawks. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Hawks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nelson G. and Taranaki MA.
Sixth-ranked Giants (4-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Rams (10-8) in Christchurch on Thursday. Rams managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected easier game. Jeremy Kendle stepped up and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. At the losing side Finn Delany responded with 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Rams have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-8 record. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Taylor Hawks and Taranaki MA.
An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced 4th placed Rams. Host Rangers (11-7) smashed guests from Christchurch (10-8) 102-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rams. Lindsay Tait nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winning side. Rangers' coach Jeff Green allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Rangers maintains third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
Undefeated leader Saints delivered the eighteenth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Giants (4-14) 82-67 in Stoke. Tai Wesley fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Giants' coach rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Saints (18-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost.

In the last game of round 13 Taylor Hawks defeated Taranaki MA in Tamatea 85-73.

Southland S. - Taylor Hawks 89-86

Fifth-ranked Hawks (4-14) made lots of trouble for second ranked Sharks (12-6) in Southland. Sharks managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Hawks won second period 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hawks 52-38 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) added 14 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Hawks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Nelson G. and Taranaki MA.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: J.Kenny 25+7reb+8ast, E.Bartlett 17+3reb+2ast, A.Williams 14+16reb+1ast, J.Fox 11+6reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 10+4reb, K.Johnson 6+2reb+1ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 17+10reb+6ast, D.Raukawa 14+2reb+4ast, J.Hunter 11+5reb, R.Te Rangi 11+4reb, A.Pledger 10+17reb+1ast, M.Norton 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 531125


Nelson G. - Wellington S. 67-82

Undefeated leader Saints delivered the eighteenth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Giants (4-14) 82-67 in Stoke. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 26. American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) chipped in 25 points. Swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Giants' coach rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saints (18-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 18+8reb+2ast, S.Dempster 16+11reb+2ast, D.Prewster 8+4reb+2ast, K.Adnam 7+1reb+4ast, T.Ingham 7+1reb+1ast, N.Trathen 5+2reb
Wellington S.: C.Webster 25+3reb+1ast, T.Wesley 17+9reb+4ast, L.Henry 13+6reb+3ast, S.Ili 9+5reb+2ast, J.Duinker 8+8reb+1ast, J.Ngatai 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531124


SC Rangers - Canterbury 102-82

An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced 4th placed Rams. Host Rangers (11-7) smashed guests from Christchurch (10-8) 102-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rams. The game was mostly controlled by Rangers. Rams was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Rams' players. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winning side and Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) accounted for 21 points and 9 rebounds. Rangers' coach Jeff Green allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) came up with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Rams in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers maintains third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Karena 16+3reb, J.Kendle 15+6reb+6ast, M.Jones 15+7reb+3ast, E.Rusbatch 12+4reb+2ast, M.Alipate 11+2reb+3ast, M.Whippy 8+6reb+4ast
SC Rangers: E.Ross 25+4reb, N.Egwu 21+7reb+1ast, M.McCarron 21+9reb+3ast, L.Tait 14+5reb+15ast, B.Ruscoe 10+1ast, D.Boucher 3+6reb+8ast
gschID: 531123


Taranaki MA - Taylor Hawks 73-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Mountain Airs' (4-14) home loss to fifth ranked Hawks (4-14) 73-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hawks. Mountain Airs was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) produced 18 points and 4 steals and Senegalese forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St.) added 5 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mountain Airs' coach tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hawks maintains fifth place with 4-14 record, which they share with Nelson G. and Taranaki MA. Mountain Airs lost their third game in a row.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 18+3reb+2ast, A.Burton 10+1reb+2ast, H.O'Riley 9+4reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 8+1reb+2ast, B.Anderson 7+1ast, D.Brooks 7+2reb+1ast
Taylor Hawks: A.Williams 23+6reb+2ast, J.Kenny 17+3reb+7ast, E.Bartlett 16+9reb+4ast, A.Haku 10+3reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 9+3reb+4ast, J.Fox 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 531122


Canterbury - Nelson G. 91-90

Sixth-ranked Giants (4-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Rams (10-8) in Christchurch on Thursday. Rams managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected easier game. Giants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) stepped up and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Tongan-American guard Marcus Alipate (183-92, college: St.Thomas) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. At the losing side the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) responded with 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Tom Ingham (190-93) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rams have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-8 record. Giants lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Taylor Hawks and Taranaki MA.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 40+8reb+6ast, T.Ingham 21+6reb+2ast, A.Granger 11+2reb+3ast, S.Dempster 11+13reb, M.Grim 4+9reb+4ast, B.Beri 3+2reb+3ast
Canterbury: J.Kendle 27+6reb+8ast, E.Rusbatch 15+5reb+1ast, M.Jones 15+8reb, M.Alipate 15+4reb+5ast, M.Whippy 9+7reb+2ast, M.Karena 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531121


SC Rangers - Southland S. 83-101

The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest Sharks' (#2) easy road victory over Rangers (#3) 101-83 on Monday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Luke Aston (200-90, college: BYU-Hawaii) fired 21 points for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Five Rangers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sharks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-6 record having six points less than leader Wellington S. Rangers at the other side keep the third position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 19+5reb+2ast, E.Ross 19+2reb, D.Boucher 17+6reb+6ast, L.Tait 12+5reb+10ast, B.Ruscoe 10+2reb, N.Egwu 6+3reb
Southland S.: L.Aston 21+3reb+1ast, H.Allen 16+1reb+2ast, A.Pledger 14+7reb+1ast, D.Raukawa 13+3reb+3ast, N.Kay 9+12reb+2ast, M.Norton 8+3reb+8ast
gschID: 531120





Best players of New Zealand NBL round 13 - by Eurobasket News

American Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Canterbury and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Canterbury in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Nelson G. (#5, 4-14) 91-90. Canterbury maintains the 4th position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canterbury will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Kendle had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canterbury, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bellarmine University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kendle is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.3ppg), assists (5th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international forward Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G.. Delany impressed basketball fans with 40 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Nelson G. was edged by slightly higher-ranked Canterbury (#4, 10-8) 91-90. Despite lost game Nelson G. moved up to 5th position in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Nelson G. managed to get this year. Delany is one of the most experienced players at Nelson G. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#8). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Amir Williams (211-C-92) of Taylor Hawks (#7). Williams scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Taylor Hawks, leading his team to a 85-73 win against Taranaki MA (4-14). Taylor Hawks can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Williams he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Williams has individually a great season in New Zealand. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 57.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrod Kenny (188-G-85) of Taylor Hawks - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92) of SC Rangers - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tai Wesley (201-F-86) of Wellington S. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Sam Dempster (192-G/F-90) of Nelson G. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Southland S. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Panama Centro pull an upset agains Colon and won the U-17 Nationals - by Robert OConnell

Panama Centro won the U-17 National Tournament in overtime 77-74 over the unbeaten and tournament favorites Colon. The Panama Central team won the first quarter 17-13, the second 27-17 to have a 14 points lead at the half.

Colon reacted in the third quarter winning 16-14 to cut the deficit to 12 going in the fourth quarter. They pressure in the last quarter to tie the game at the end 68-68. In the over time Panama won 9-6 to pull the upset and at the same time win the championship.

The best from Panama:

Oscar Zephyrine (190-PF-00) 19pts 9reb 2ast
Troy Ornano 18pts 10reb 4ast

for Colon:

Roberto Armstrong (175-SG-00) 37pts 4reb 4ast
Jhomar Garibaldi 11pts 16reb 3ast

The final Standings:

1. Panama Centro 6-1
2. Colon 6-1
3. Panama Oeste 6-1
4. San Miguelito 4-3
5. Chiriqui 3-2
6. Veraguas 3-2
7. Bocas Del Toro 2-3
8. Herrera 2-3
9. Cocle 1-4
10. Guna Yala 1-4
11. Darien 0-5
12. Los Santos 0-5

Top Scorer: Edward Lopes (Panama Oeste) 19.8 ppg.
Rebounder: Jesus Lombardo (192-C-00) (Veraguas) 9.8 rpg
Assists Jesus Sanjur (Panama Oeste) 7.0 apg
Blocks Oscar Zephyrine 2.0 bpg



Panama Centro wins U17 National Championship - by Eurobasket News

Panama Centro won U17 National Championship as in the Final they beat Colon 77-74 in overtime. Centro dominated the first half and posted two victories including a 27-17 surge in the second quarter. Colon however fully dominated the second half and after 22-10 burst tied the game at 68-68. Only due to 9-6 run in extra time, Centro celebrated a U17 title.
TROY ORNANO top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while BRYAN ANDERSON netted 15. ROBERTO ARMSTRONG ended up with high 37 points for Colon.



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LBL Round 21: Regatas beat Inmaculada in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL just ended. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and Inmaculada (#3). Regatas (16-5) crushed visiting Inmaculada (13-8) by 16 points 70-54. Regatas maintains second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Real Club. Inmaculada at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Ejercito (#7) and La Family (#8). Ejercito (6-15) crushed visiting La Family (2-19) by 24 points 81-57. Ejercito maintains seventh place with 6-15 record. La Family at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and San Marcos (#5). Real Club (18-3) won against visiting San Marcos (8-13) 80-70. Real Club have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Loser San Marcos keep the fifth position with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 21 Circolo were crushed by EOFap in Lima 78-56.

Regatas - Inmaculada 70-54

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and Inmaculada (#3). Regatas (16-5) crushed visiting Inmaculada (13-8) by 16 points 70-54. Regatas maintains second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Real Club. Inmaculada at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost.
gschID: 547371


EOFap - Circolo 78-56

There was no surprise in Lima where 6th ranked Circolo (7-14) was crushed by fourth ranked EOFap (14-7) 78-56 on Saturday. EOFap have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Circolo lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 547370


Ejercito - La Family 81-57

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Ejercito (#7) and La Family (#8). Ejercito (6-15) crushed visiting La Family (2-19) by 24 points 81-57. Ejercito maintains seventh place with 6-15 record. La Family at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games.
gschID: 547368


Real Club - San Marcos 80-70

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and San Marcos (#5). Real Club (18-3) won against visiting San Marcos (8-13) 80-70. Real Club have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Loser San Marcos keep the fifth position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 547369





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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 2. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.8 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.7 
 5. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
 10. Romeo, Globalport20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 3. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 4. Wright, Mahindra15.3 
 5. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 9. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.2 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.2 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.5 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.4 
 5. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.1 
 7. Wright, Phoenix4.8 
 8. Lee, Star Hotshots4.6 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.4 
 3. Lassiter, SM Be.1.9 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.1.8 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Smith, Blackwater1.2 
 10. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.3 
 3. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.9 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 7. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.7 
 8. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 
 10. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 



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Myles Mack agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) inked 24-year old American point guard Myles Mack (175-77kg-93, college: Rutgers). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg last season. Mack helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to All-Imports Team.
Mack graduated from Rutgers, The State University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Przemyslaw Szymanski agreed terms with Polpharma - by Greg

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) inked 33-year old power forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-102kg-84, agency: Promotex) from MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Szymanski has played there for the last four years. In 34 PLK games he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements his team made it to the 1Liga Semifinals in 2012. Szymanski received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Forward of the Year award back in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Poland playing for four other teams: Znicz Basket, Sportowiec Czestochowa, GKS Tychy and Weegree AZS KU Politechnika Opolska.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Przemyslaw Szymanski leaves MKS Dabrowa Gornicza - by Eurobasket News

33-year old power forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-102kg-84, agency: Promotex) left MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (PLK). Szymanski has played there for the last four years. He played there also last season. In 34 PLK games he recorded 5.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Szymanski's team made it to the 1Liga Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Forward of the Year award back in 2014.
Szymanski has spent his entire career in Poland playing for four other teams: Znicz Basket, Sportowiec Czestochowa, GKS Tychy and Weegree AZS KU Politechnika Opolska.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tweety Carter (ex PGE Turow) signs at Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) landed 31-year old American point guard Tweety Carter (180-87kg-86, college: Baylor). He played most recently at PGE Turow in Polish PLK league. In 30 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Boulazac Basket (ProB) where in 20 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Carter contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL that year. In 5 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg. Carter also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Carter won Czech Republic League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com Czech Republic League All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Latvia (Ventspils), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and SO Maritime Boulogne), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Carter attended Baylor University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He is described as: Described as "scoring point guard" with equal passing and shooting skills Gifted scorer who possesses nearly unlimited shooting range.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Liz, Ponce21.0 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.8 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama19.7 
 4. Rosario, Quebradillas18.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Laury, Mayaguez17.7 
 9. Arroyo, Fajardo16.8 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.9 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.7 
 7. James, Fajardo8.6 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.4 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 2. Browne, San German7.0 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 8. Torres, Ponce4.9 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo4.9 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Liz, Ponce1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.5 
 3. Browne, San German1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. James, Fajardo1.3 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.6 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Fells, San German0.7 


BSN Round 31: Fajardo climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Fajardo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fajardo defeated 3rd placed Santeros in Coamo 96-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Santeros managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fajardo made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side American-Dominican forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93, college: Manhattan) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings which they share with defeated Santeros. Santeros lost ninth consecutive game. Santeros will play next round against Caciques trying to get back on the winning streak. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Leading Fajardo (18-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Capitanes (13-14) 83-77. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Walter Hodge accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Fajardo in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 13-14 record. Fajardo at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Aguada. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Ninth-ranked Caciques (9-17) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Leones (15-13) in Humacao on Saturday. The visitors from Juana Diaz managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected easier game. Victor Liz fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Steven Burtt produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists for lost side. Caciques' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Leones will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 31 Humacao lost to Quebradillas on the opponent's court 75-84. Guayama unfortunately lost to Mayaguez in a home game 76-80.

Quebradillas - Humacao 84-75

Very expected game in Quebradillas where 9th ranked Caciques (9-17) were defeated by third ranked Piratas (18-10) 84-75 on Sunday. Caciques trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83, agency: Basket Management Solutions) chipped in 18 points. Piratas' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-86, college: Siena) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Caciques players scored in double figures. Piratas maintains third place with 18-10 record having just one point less than leader Aguada. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Piratas will meet at home Brujos (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Humacao: J.Famous 23+5reb+1ast, E.Ubiles 14+1reb+5ast, W.Martinez 13+4reb+3ast, S.Burtt 10+1reb+7ast, P.Ramos 8+7reb+2ast, W.Orozco 7+9reb
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 20+9reb, A.Carmona 18+3reb+2ast, M.Rosario 14+4reb+2ast, L.Drew II 9+1reb+5ast, D.Smith 8+7reb+7ast, J.Garcia 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 540198


Fajardo - Arecibo 77-83

Leading Fajardo (18-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Capitanes (13-14) 83-77. Fajardo was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Capitanes made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Alexis Colon (196) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Fajardo in the defeat. Five Capitanes and four Fajardo players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 13-14 record. Fajardo at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Aguada. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: D.James 20+10reb+2ast, M.Ali Berdiel 13+2reb+5ast, F.Rivera 11+3ast, A.Colon 10+7reb+4ast, E.Ayuso 8+1ast, C.Ortiz 6+5reb+1ast
Arecibo: C.Clarke 20+9reb+4ast, W.Hodge 18+2reb+4ast, D.Huertas 15+4reb+4ast, D.Clemente 11+1reb+2ast, A.Alamo 10+10reb+1ast, D.Cortez 5+1reb
gschID: 540200


Guayama - Mayaguez 76-80

There was a small surprise in Guayama where tenth ranked Indios (10-16) defeated 8th ranked Brujos (10-18) 80-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Brujos won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Indios won last quarter 21-18. Indios outrebounded Brujos 48-31 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) chipped in 17 points. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 23 points and 5 assists and American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Indios have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Brujos lost eighteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 18 games lost. Indios will meet higher ranked Leones (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brujos will play against Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guayama: K.Vinales 23+2reb+5ast, D.Wilkins 22+6reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 11+5reb+1ast, J.Nieves 10+1reb, D.Marrero 6+7reb, M.Fillyaw 2+3reb+4ast
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 17+4reb+3ast, D.Laury 13+13reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 12+4reb, D.Collier 11+5reb+4ast, C.Duran 7+5reb+5ast, N.Butler Lind 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 540199


Humacao - Ponce 86-88

Ninth-ranked Caciques (9-17) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Leones (15-13) in Humacao on Saturday. The visitors from Juana Diaz managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 2 points. Leones shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists and the former international center Peter Ramos (222-85) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Caciques' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Leones will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Humacao: S.Burtt 18+1reb+12ast, P.Ramos 16+9reb+3ast, W.Martinez 15+4reb+3ast, W.Orozco 14+3reb+1ast, J.Famous 13+8reb+1ast, E.Ubiles 5+3reb+3ast
Ponce: V.Liz 19+6reb+3ast, M.Harris 14+7reb+3ast, C.Emory 12+5reb+3ast, A.Torres 11+3reb+4ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 10+2reb+1ast, E.Dawson 10+12reb+5ast
gschID: 540197


Aguada - Fajardo 85-96

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Fajardo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fajardo defeated 3rd placed Santeros in Coamo 96-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Santeros managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fajardo made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side American-Dominican forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93, college: Manhattan) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings which they share with defeated Santeros. Santeros lost ninth consecutive game. Santeros will play next round against Caciques trying to get back on the winning streak. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Aguada: O.Samhan 18+7reb+2ast, E.Andujar 15+7reb+6ast, C.Gaston 13+8reb+1ast, G.Clavell 11+1reb, T.Fernandez 8+3reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 6+3reb+3ast
Fajardo: N.Peavy 18+3reb+1ast, E.Ayuso 15+1reb+1ast, D.James 14+10reb+1ast, S.James 14+7reb+2ast, F.Rivera 9+1reb+3ast, A.Colon 9+10reb+1ast
gschID: 540196





Last transactions - by Marcos Carlo

Gallitos of Isabela trade de power forward Joel Gierbolini to Piratas of Quebradillas for a 2nd round pick of the 2018 draft. In other transactions the Leones of Ponce trade the forward Marcel Souberbiell for the rights of the guard Gaby Belardo and a first round draft pick for the 2020 draft. At the beginning of the season Caciques of Humacao make a loan for Gaby Belardo to Ponce but with this trade, Ponce acquire the player.

And in the most relevant trade, Gallitos of Isabela trade Angel Rodriguez (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL) to Vaqueros of Bayamon for the former Puerto Rico National Team center, Peter John Ramos. This trades that Gallitos made and the signs of Edwin Ubiles and Steven Burtt prove that they will fight for the playoff ticket.



Laury's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward David Laury (206-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last week for Mayaguez and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 30.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Guayama (#8, 10-17) 100-97. Mayaguez maintains the 10th position in Puerto Rican league. Mayaguez is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Laury had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Mayaguez, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Laury is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama. He is American guard in his first season at Guayama. In the last game Wilkins recorded impressive 37 points and 4 assists. Bad luck as Guayama was edged by slightly lower-ranked Mayaguez (#10, 9-16) 100-97. Guayama is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Wilkins is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.4rpg and 4.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German (#5). Keenan showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last week. He was a key player of San German, leading his team to a 90-82 win against the higher-ranked Fajardo (#1, 18-8). San German needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Keenan has a very solid season. In 26 games in Puerto Rico he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mike Harris (198-SF-83) of Ponce - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Mayaguez - 33 points and 3 rebounds
9. Coty Clarke (201-F-92) of Arecibo - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Darnell Hinson (185-G-80) of Guayama - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Humacao signs Steven Burtt - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) signed 33-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Steven Burtt (189-84kg-84, college: Iona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Burtt played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In three games he had very impressive stats: 23.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. He also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 10 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.1apg.
In 2006 Burtt was drafted by Northeastern Pennsylvania Breakers (USBL) in second round (16th overall).
He attended Iona College and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Burtt was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 65.2%.
Burtt is quite experienced player. He has played in twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Burtt has played previously professionally also in China (Guizhou), Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Poland (Stelmet), Portugal, Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Tofas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Avtodor), Ukraine (Dnipro and Zaporizhya) and Puerto Rico (Atleticos).
He could be described: A great scorer, who can easily beat his opponent 1-on-1 and who can also battle inside thanks to a strong body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) could join Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) is considering to sign 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liepaja/Triobet lands Roman Gruschenko, ex Stroitiel Engels - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Russian power forward Roman Gruschenko (205-98kg-95). He played most recently at Stroitiel Engels in Russian Superleague 2. In 22 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg last season. Gruschenko also played that season for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (U23 League) in Russia where in 22 games he had 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv (U23 League) in Russia that year.
Among other achievements Gruschenko received Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Russia at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Gruschenko has played also professionally in Russia for Rossiya Novogorsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liege signs Milos Bojovic - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) signed experienced 36-year old Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 26 games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 4.2rpg, 4.1apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Bojovic's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Bojovic has played also professionally in France (Olympique Antibes), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Montenegro, Ukraine (Halychyna) and Serbia (Atlas, Sloga, FMP Beograd and Zeleznicar Indjija).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Liege.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Banco di Srd tabs Wiliam Hatcher, ex Partizan - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) inked 33-year old American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Partizan in Serbian KLS league. In 14 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg last season. Hatcher also played 26 games in ABA League where he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.9apg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1. In 28 games he had 12.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg (top 3) and 1.1spg. Hatcher helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Imports Team. Hatcher also played 16 games in Eurocup where he got 13.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg.
Hatcher's team won Cyprus Cup in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Hatcher has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), France (STB Le Havre), Germany (Dragons Rhoendorf), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Romania (CSU Sibiu), Cyprus (Keravnos) and Czech Republic (BK Decin).
He attended Miami University, Ohio until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Hatcher's game is described as: William played a very successful season for BK Decin leading them to 3rd place after regular season and into the playoff semifinals he was the 5th leading scorer in Czech NBL with 16,4 ppg. And 2nd in assists with 5,4 apg one of the best, if not the best point guard in the Romanian league in 2007/08 William led his team to an unexpected 2nd place after the regular season great floor leader who adapts well on new situations strong ball handling skills has quick feet and good lateral foot speed has the ability to become a great defender likes to score in traffic and has a strong drive to the basket Miami of Ohio University head coach Charlie Coles: William is a very talented player, who works extremely hard to continue developing his game. Hatch was a clutch player in our program, always coming up with the big shot when we needed it most. We saw what he did here at Miami--emerging as one of the top players in the league and earning First-Team All-MAC honors last season" During his final two years at Miami, he spurred the RedHawks to the program's 21st Mid-American Conference title (2004-05) and guided them to back-to-back NIT appearances voted by his peers in the Mid-American Conference as the Cleveland Plain Dealer's 2006 Captains Choice Award for Best All-Around Guard Miami's leading scorer, averaging 14.3 ppg also led the Miami of Ohio RedHawks in assists (125), steals (34), made 3-pointers (44) and minutes played (1,089) .

Banco di Sardegna Sassari roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Giacomo DeVecchi
Wiliam Hatcher
Rok Stipcevic
Scott Bamforth

Forwards:
Brian Sacchetti
Achille Polonara

Coach: Federico Pasquini

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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.3 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.7 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia14.1 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja13.5 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.7 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.3 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Dubljevic, Valencia5.7 
 9. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 10. Eric, RE.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.2 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.5 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia4.9 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.6 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Diot, Valencia4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 3. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 4. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 8. Diot, Valencia1.2 
 9. Bellas, Zaragoza1.1 
 10. Mumbru, RE.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 5. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 8. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 
 9. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 
 10. Eric, RE.0.8 


Liga Endesa Round 2 of Finals. Valencia upset Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Valencia 79-86

Valencia outgunned Real Madrid in the capital to even the championship series. Real Madrid was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Valencia Basket, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Real Madrid helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Fernando San-Emeterio (199-84) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. International Sergio Llull (190-87) replied with 22 points and 6 assists and the former international Felipe Reyes (204-80) added 14 points in the effort for Real Madrid. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 22+2reb+6ast, F.Reyes 14+3reb, A.Nocioni 13+3reb, G.Ayon 7+5reb, O.Hunter 6+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 5+5reb
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 20+9reb, F.San Emeterio 14+1reb+4ast, W.Thomas 11+4reb+1ast, P.Oriola 10+2reb, A.Diot 9+2reb+4ast, L.Sikma 9+4reb
gschID: 547889





Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 1st Team 2017
Iker Salazar
Salazar
Adrian Bowie
Bowie
Tim Dezelski
Dezelski
Tyran De Lattibeaudiere
De Lattibeaudiere
Mike Karena
Karena

Finals MVP: Henri Wade-Chatman (188-G-92) of Valladolid
Player of the Year: Mike Karena (208-C-93) of Canterbury
Guard of the Year: Iker Salazar (192-PG-93) of Zornotza
Forward of the Year: Tim Dezelski (198-F-90) of Sammic ISB
Center of the Year: Mike Karena (208-C-93) of Canterbury
Bosman Player of the Year: Vasilije Vucetic (209-F/C-96) of RETAbet BB
Import Player of the Year: Mike Karena (208-C-93) of Canterbury
Domestic Player of the Year: Iker Salazar (192-PG-93) of Zornotza
Defensive Player of the Year: Erik Quintela (184-PG-91) of Cambados
Coach of the Year: Iker Bueno of Sammic ISB

1st Team
PG: Iker Salazar (192-PG-93) of Zornotza
G: Adrian Bowie (189-G-89) of Granada
F: Tim Dezelski (198-F-90) of Sammic ISB
F: Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91) of Granada
C: Mike Karena (208-C-93) of Canterbury

2nd Team
G: Lamonte Thomas (187-G-90) of Alcazar
G: Joe De Ciman (198-G-94) of Marin
F: Charles Nkaloulou (199-F-94) of Cambados
F: Connor Beranek (198-F-94) of Avila
C: Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) of Valladolid

3rd Team
PG: Gaizka Maiza (191-PG-96) of Sammic ISB
G: Gabriel Diaz-Morera (196-G-89) of L'Hospitalet
F: Rowell Graham (197-F-94) of Valladolid
F/C: Vasilije Vucetic (209-F/C-96) of RETAbet BB
F/C: Guillermo Rejon (206-F/C-77) of Lucentum

Honorable Mention
Matthew Don (201-PF-93) of Cambados
Jesus Fernandez (204-C-75) of Granada
Alejandro Marin (190-G-88) of Moron
Ignacio Diaz (200-F-87) of Alcazar
Jack Crook (211-C-93) of Agustinos-Leclerc
Lamine Dieng (203-F-92) of Agustinos-Leclerc
Chris Hansen (193-G-93) of Zamorano
Sango Niang (183-PG-93) of Zamorano
Jeffrey Solarin (193-F-92) of Zamorano
Kris Davis (188-G-93) of Albacete
Georvys Elias (199-F-81) of Albacete
Cheick Sekou Conde (203-F-92) of Gandia
Shalawn Miller (205-C-74) of Gandia
Ferran Torres (201-C-88) of Tarragona
Henri Wade-Chatman (188-G-92) of Valladolid

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Iker Salazar (192-PG-93) of Zornotza
PG: Gaizka Maiza (191-PG-96) of Sammic ISB
G: Gabriel Diaz-Morera (196-G-89) of L'Hospitalet
F/C: Guillermo Rejon (206-F/C-77) of Lucentum
C: Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) of Valladolid

All-Imports Team
G: Adrian Bowie (189-G-89) of Granada
G: Lamonte Thomas (187-G-90) of Alcazar
F: Tim Dezelski (198-F-90) of Sammic ISB
F: Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91) of Granada
C: Mike Karena (208-C-93) of Canterbury

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Sango Niang (183-PG-93) of Zamorano
F: Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-F-92) of Navarra
PF: Matthew Don (201-PF-93) of Cambados
F/C: Vasilije Vucetic (209-F/C-96) of RETAbet BB
C: Jack Crook (211-C-93) of Agustinos-Leclerc



RETAbet Bilbao Basket cut Danilo Nikolic - by Ivan Milenkovic

Danilo Nikolic will not continue his career with RETAbet Bilbao Basket. He played in 31 games in total this season - 24 in Liga Endesa, 7 in Eurocup - and averaged just 2.6 points in 10.6 minutes per game. His numbers in Eurocup were 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds, while he had 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in Liga Endesa. This was his first and final season with Bilbao as coach Carles Duran decided to terminate contract with big guy. Previously, 24-year-old Montenegrin played with Mega Leks and Buducnost Podgorica.


Oliva comes back to Castelldefels - by Eurobasket News

CB Castelldefels (EBA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old point guard Cristian Oliva (185-82). It is actually his comeback to Castelldefels as he has played here before. Oliva played last season at B.C. Martorell Solvay in the EBA. In 29 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Oliva helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Santfeliuenc where in 28 EBA games he averaged 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
Oliva has spent his entire career in Spain playing for four other teams: Sant Nicolau, Cornella, L'Hospitalet and CB Prat.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Castelldefels.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gries/Oberhoffen adds Forcada to their roster, ex Prat - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old Spaniard guard Xavier Forcada (194-88). He has played for the last two seasons at CB Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Gold. In 28 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Forcada played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention in 2016.
Forcada has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like FC Barcelona, Caceres_Basket, Leche Rio Breogan, Cornella and L'Hospitalet.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A quick player who loves to steal the ball in defense, and very effective in the open court and in fast breaks; has a future at the PG position, because is a good passer;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gries/Oberhoffen signs Asier Zengotitabengoa, ex Palma - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) signed 29-year old Spaniard forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88). He played last season at Palma in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zengotitabengoa played at Melilla_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zengotitabengoa was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team back in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Andorra, Magia_Huesca, Caceres_Basket, CB Canarias and Burgos.

Gries/Oberhoffen BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Xavier Forcada
Simon Cretaux

Forward:
Asier Zengotitabengoa

Center:
Ludovic Negrobar

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  


Rush is back at Bondi Ferrara - by Armando Caporaso

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) added to their roster 29-year old Swedish ex-international small forward Erik Rush (196-95kg-88, college: Montana State). It is actually his comeback to Bondi Ferrara as he has played here before. Rush played last season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. Rush also played that season for JL Bourg in French ProB where in 9 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals.
Rush's team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2013.
He also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg.
Rush has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apollon) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria).
He attended Montana State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Rush: An athletic swingman who can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions as well. Scores most of his points by attacking the basket with great energy, he's also a good passer and rebounder for his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWITZERLAND  

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Rashad WHACK
  Winterthur
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Whack, Winterthur21.5 
 2. Cochran, Lausanne21.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings19.8 
 4. Niles, Massagno19.6 
 5. Day, Massagno18.7 
 6. Wilson, Lausanne18.6 
 7. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 8. Ballard, Geneve Lions17.6 
 9. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Starwings
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Vinson, Starwings12.6 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt12.5 
 3. Bergstedt, Massa.9.1 
 4. Sheldon, Winte.9.0 
 5. Ballard, Geneve Lions8.7 
 6. Brown, Swiss C.8.5 
 7. Heath, Monthey8.5 
 8. Krstanovic, Neuch.8.1 
 9. Taylor, Fribourg8.0 
 10. Dubas, Monthey7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Lugano T.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Everett, Lugano T.6.5 
 2. Young, Monthey5.9 
 3. Kovacevic, Swiss C.5.8 
 4. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 5. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 6. Williams, Geneve L.4.5 
 7. Magnani, Massagno4.4 
 8. Wright, Fribourg4.2 
 9. Savoy, Neuchatel4.1 
 10. Timberlake, Geneve L.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cochran, Lausanne2.7 
 2. Wright, Fribourg2.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings2.3 
 4. Wilson, Lausanne2.0 
 5. Jurkovitz, Fribourg1.9 
 6. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 7. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 8. Whack, Winterthur1.5 
 9. Carey, Lugano T.1.5 
 10. Veselinov, Swiss C.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Swiss C.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brown, Swiss C.2.2 
 2. Heath, Monthey1.5 
 3. James, Neuchatel1.0 
 4. Swannegan, Lausa.1.0 
 5. Cotture, Fribourg0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Winte.0.8 
 7. Bergstedt, Massa.0.8 
 8. Voss, Swiss C.0.6 
 9. Mladjan, Geneve L.0.6 
 10. Sheldon, Winte.0.5 


LNA Round 5 of Finals. Monthey claim third victory - by Eurobasket News

Monthey - Geneve Lions 72-56

Monthey outgunned Geneve Lions to take 3-2 lead in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Geneve Lions managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Geneve Lions 44-22 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Monthey looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Young (193-91, college: De Paul) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. Naturalized French Mikael Maruotto (201-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Geneve Lions' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Monthey: B.Young 18+4reb+7ast, M.Maruotto 14+11reb+3ast, R.Maza 11+5reb, J.Dubas 11+8reb+1ast, J.Sinclair 7+4reb+3ast, J.Heath 6+7reb+3ast
Geneve Lions: R.Kovac 11+1reb, D.Milka 11+5reb+3ast, C.Timberlake 10+1reb+3ast, M.Mladjan 7+3reb+1ast, R.Grueninger 5+3reb, J.Kozic 5
gschID: 547943





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  TAIWAN  


Taiwan beat South Korea 77-64 for title - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan's national team surprised defending champions South Korea with a 77-64 victory in Nagano, Japan, to win the International Basketball Federation's East Asia Basketball Championship crown for the first time. South Korea, looking to extend their run of three consecutive titles, began the stronger side, going ahead 20-15 in the first quarter. However, Taiwan reversed the deficit in the second quarter, with point guard Cheng Liu (192-F-90) and center Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) leading the charge for a 39-34 scoreline at the intermission. Taiwan put up a solid defense and gradually asserted their dominance, outscoring South Korea 38 to 30 in the second half for a 13-point margin of victory. Liu and Davis combined for 44 points, while captain Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-G/F-85) and point guard Chiang Yu-an also dialed in outstanding performances. Liu found his scoring touch to finish with a game-high 23 points, while adding four rebounds and two assists. Davis, a US-born naturalized Republic of China citizen, also had a good day at the office, scoring 21 points to go with 14 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. South Korea power forward Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) and center Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) gave a losing effort their best, netting 18 and 13 points respectively. Taiwan head couch Chun-San Chou praised the team's all-round effort. 'We faced stiff competition from the [South] Koreans in the opening quarter, but we held on and played our game. We turned it around with our defense, while making field goals when we needed them,' Chou said after the game. 'The leadership provided by veterans Wen-Cheng Tsai, Tai-Hao Wu (203-F/C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Quincy Davis - who helped the younger players gel as a team - was a critical factor for today's match and winning the tournament,' he added. At the start of the tournament, most Taiwanese fans had given up hope for even a decent finish after the national team was blown away 96-63 by China in their opening match. They regrouped in the second game to defeat Hong Kong 92-57 and upset hosts Japan 78-75 in the semi-final before yesterday's massive victory over South Korea. 'That 33-point opening loss to China was unsettling and had shaken our confidence, but we got back on track to win games,' Davis said. 'In this championship final we were facing the South Koreans, who are capable of scoring over 100 points in a match. Together we held them to under 70 points; that is a very proud achievement for our team,' he added.
Hosts Japan salvaged some pride by pounding China 76-58 to take third place in front of home fans in Nagano.
Courtesy of: taipeitimes.com



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  THAILAND  


TBL Round 9: TGE edges Mono Thew by one point - by Eurobasket News

This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Mono Thew (4-5) to sixth ranked TGE (3-6) 90-89 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 34-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. TGE made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Jeff Dumelod who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Alfred Mandani chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). TGE's coach used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Filipino guard Patrick Cabahug (186) who recorded 23 points. TGE maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Mono Thew lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. TGE are looking forward to face Dunkin' Raptors (#7) in the next round. Mono Thew will play against the league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked PEA (6-3) against fourth ranked Mad Goat (6-3) on Saturday night. Visiting PEA was defeated by Mad Goat in a tough game in Nakorn Phantom 98-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PEA. It was a good game for American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 assists. Marcus Douthit contributed with 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Mad Goat's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 36 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field) for PEA. Mad Goat moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA. Mad Goat will play against bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. PEA will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked OSK (0-9) 117-75. Michael Singletary stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Nate Barfield with 24 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Vampire have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Hitech. OSK at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Mono Vampire will meet PEA (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. OSK will play against Mad Goat (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bangkok. Local Hitech (8-1) outscored 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-8) 127-84. Avery Scharer nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitech have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Hitech's next round opponent will be Mono Thew (#5). Dunkin' Raptors will play against TGE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Mad Goat - PEA 102-98

Very important is a road loss of third ranked PEA (6-3) against fourth ranked Mad Goat (6-3) on Saturday night. Visiting PEA was defeated by Mad Goat in a tough game in Nakorn Phantom 98-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PEA. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 31-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Mad Goat players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 assists. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Mad Goat's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 36 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field) and American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) added 32 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for PEA. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mad Goat moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA. Mad Goat will play against bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. PEA will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: M.Van Pelt 25+2reb+8ast, F.Goldstein 16+5reb+4ast, G.Korsah-Dick 15+3reb+1ast, M.Douthit 13+15reb+2ast, T.Langsui 10+3reb+1ast, M.Earl 6+5reb
PEA: S.Deguara 35+36reb, J.Munzon 32+7reb+3ast, R.Lingganay 11+5reb+6ast, J.Cawaling 11+5reb+4ast, N.Pattharapisan 5+5reb+1ast, A.Hoom-Art 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547904


Hitech - Dunkin' Raptors 127-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bangkok. Local Hitech (8-1) outscored 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-8) 127-84. The game without a history. Hitech led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 102 of its points in the paint compared to Dunkin' Raptors' 38. Hitech forced 29 Dunkin' Raptors turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Dunkin' Raptors' players. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international center Wutipong Dasom (195-91) accounted for 26 points. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Jaman Johnson came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and James Matinez added 22 points respectively for Dunkin' Raptors in the defeat. Four Hitech and five Dunkin' Raptors players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitech have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Hitech's next round opponent will be Mono Thew (#5). Dunkin' Raptors will play against TGE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitech: W.Dasom 26+3reb+1ast, A.Scharer 23+8reb+16ast, J.Shaw 17+7reb, N.Jaisanuk 10+3reb+2ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 10+5reb+2ast, K.Lertlaokul 10+1reb+1ast
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Johnson 23+9reb+4ast, J.Matinez 22+1reb+3ast, A.Kongpui 12+4reb, M.Fey 11+6reb+1ast, J.Foronda 10+2reb+3ast, A.Prayakchon 2
gschID: 547902


Mono Thew - TGE 89-90

This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Mono Thew (4-5) to sixth ranked TGE (3-6) 90-89 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 34-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. TGE made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Jeff Dumelod who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Alfred Mandani chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). TGE's coach used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Filipino guard Patrick Cabahug (186) who recorded 23 points and Nopporn Sangtong added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Mono Thew players scored in double figures. TGE maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Mono Thew lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. TGE are looking forward to face Dunkin' Raptors (#7) in the next round. Mono Thew will play against the league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
TGE: J.Dumelod 33+5reb, A.Mandani 24+7reb+7ast, P.Nantho 9+7reb, J.Collins 8+5reb+2ast, C.Chuengyampin 7+10reb+1ast, R.Singleton 4+6reb+2ast
Mono Thew: P.Cabahug 23+4reb+2ast, T.Suktub 15+3reb+2ast, A.McClain 14+6reb+1ast, N.Muangboon 10+3reb+8ast, N.Sangtong 9+13reb+1ast, P.Zamar 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547905


OSK - Mono Vampire 75-117

Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked OSK (0-9) 117-75. The game without a history. Mono Vampire led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mono Vampire forced 21 OSK turnovers and outrebounded them 56-39 including a 42-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Mono Vampire looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by OSK's players. American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mono Vampire players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Vampire have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Hitech. OSK at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Mono Vampire will meet PEA (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. OSK will play against Mad Goat (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: R.Johnson 25+7reb+5ast, M.Singletary 22+11reb+4ast, C.Ananti 14+2reb, A.Rodlieng 13+8reb+1ast, D.Apiromwilaichai 11+1reb+2ast, N.Boonserm 8+5reb+1ast
OSK: N.Barfield 24+9reb, J.Jamon 17+6reb+2ast, R.Koga 15+2reb+5ast, K.Panyaparu 8+1reb, K.Hill 5+7reb+1ast, A.Dokkaew 2+3reb+1ast
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TBL Round 10: Dunkin' Raptors beat TGE by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the TBL took place in Bangkok. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked TGE (3-7) to seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-8) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-79. Dunkin' Raptors made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while TGE only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded TGE 48-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by TGE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Jaman Johnson contributed with 12 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Jeff Dumelod replied with 31 points for TGE. TGE's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dunkin' Raptors maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. TGE at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Dunkin' Raptors are looking forward to face higher ranked PEA (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TGE will play against Mad Goat in Nakorn Phantom and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Mono Vampire (9-1) which played road game in against 3rd ranked PEA (6-4). First ranked Mono Vampire had an easy win 116-98. American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Singletary chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Mono Vampire's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Mono Vampire have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Hitech. PEA at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Mono Vampire's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Hitech.
Bottom-ranked OSK is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Mad Goat (7-3) 103-83 on Sunday evening. Guntapong Korsah-Dick notched 31 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by Nate Barfield did not help to save the game for OSK. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mad Goat have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser OSK still closes the standings with ten games lost. Mad Goat will meet at home TGE (#6) in the next round. OSK will play against Mono Thew and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 10 Mono Thew was beaten by Hitech on the road 112-105.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 52 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Paul Zamar of Mono Thew.

OSK - Mad Goat 83-103

Bottom-ranked OSK is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Mad Goat (7-3) 103-83 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mad Goat looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International point guard Guntapong Korsah-Dick (183-97) notched 31 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) supported him with 14 points and 7 assists. Four Mad Goat players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) did not help to save the game for OSK. Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mad Goat have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser OSK still closes the standings with ten games lost. Mad Goat will meet at home TGE (#6) in the next round. OSK will play against Mono Thew and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: G.Korsah-Dick 31+6reb+2ast, F.Goldstein 16+3reb+5ast, M.Van Pelt 14+4reb+7ast, M.Earl 12+6reb, R.Latham 8+4reb, N.Banmoo 7+7reb
OSK: N.Barfield 27+7reb, J.Jamon 18+9reb+3ast, K.Hill 12+11reb+1ast, A.Dokkaew 8+4reb+3ast, R.Koga 8+2reb+4ast, K.Panyaparu 5+5reb
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Hitech - Mono Thew 112-105

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hitech (9-1) beat 5th ranked Mono Thew (4-6) in Bangkok 112-105 on Sunday. Mono Thew trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 105-112 at the end of the game. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Mono Thew's 36. They outrebounded Mono Thew 52-41 including 24 on the offensive glass. Hitech looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) notched a triple-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Wattana Suttisin (182-85) supported him with 18 points. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hitech players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 52 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!) by Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) did not help to save the game for Mono Thew. American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) added 13 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitech have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. Mono Thew lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Hitech's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bangkok to the arena Mono Vampire.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 35+12reb+11ast, N.Jaisanuk 18+3reb+1ast, W.Suttisin 18+2reb+3ast, D.Orton 11+5reb+3ast, J.Shaw 9+12reb+1ast, C.Jakrawan 7+9reb+2ast
Mono Thew: P.Zamar 52+10reb+1ast, P.Cabahug 17, A.McClain 13+16reb+1ast, J.Towaroj 6+1reb, N.Muangboon 5+1reb+8ast, T.Suktub 4
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TGE - Dunkin' Raptors 79-81

The most exciting game of round 10 in the TBL took place in Bangkok. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked TGE (3-7) to seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-8) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-79. Dunkin' Raptors made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while TGE only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded TGE 48-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by TGE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Jaman Johnson contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Four Dunkin' Raptors players scored in double figures. Jeff Dumelod replied with 31 points and Alfred Mandani added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TGE. TGE's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dunkin' Raptors maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. TGE at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Dunkin' Raptors are looking forward to face higher ranked PEA (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TGE will play against Mad Goat in Nakorn Phantom and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dunkin' Raptors: M.Fey 26+7reb+1ast, A.Kongpui 20+5reb, J.Johnson 12+19reb+2ast, S.Sangthong 12+3reb+2ast, W.Boonnak 8+6reb+1ast, J.Foronda 3+7reb+3ast
TGE: J.Dumelod 31+2reb+3ast, A.Mandani 17+5reb+5ast, J.Collins 9+8reb+2ast, P.Nantho 8+3reb, M.Wongsawangtham 6, C.Chuengyampin 6+5reb+1ast
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PEA - Mono Vampire 98-116

An interesting game for Mono Vampire (9-1) which played road game in against 3rd ranked PEA (6-4). First ranked Mono Vampire had an easy win 116-98. The game was mostly controlled by Mono Vampire. PEA was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mono Vampire forced 20 PEA turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by PEA's players. American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mono Vampire's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) scored 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mono Vampire have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Hitech. PEA at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Mono Vampire's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Hitech.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 24+7reb+4ast, R.Johnson 24+13reb+2ast, C.Ananti 22+2reb+2ast, K.Samerjai 11+3reb+4ast, A. Phuangla 10+1reb+2ast, R.Kruatiwa 6+5reb+1ast
PEA: J.Munzon 28+8reb+2ast, J.Cawaling 24+4reb+2ast, R.Lingganay 22+3reb+7ast, S.Deguara 12+12reb, A.Hoom-Art 4+1reb+1ast, N.Pattharapisan 3+3reb
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Samuel Deguara gets MVP of the Week award for Thailand TBL - by Eurobasket News

Maltese Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) had a great game in the last round for PEA and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 35 points and 36 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Mad Goat (#3, 7-3) 102-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. PEA moved-up to the 4th position in Thailand TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. PEA will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 6-4 record. Deguara just recently signed at PEA, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Deguara has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 19.3rpg. Deguara is in league's top in and averages solid 1.4bpg and 66.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of second-ranked Hitech. Scharer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 16 assists. Of course he led Hitech to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (#7, 2-8) 127-84. Hitech's second position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Scharer is one of the most experienced players at Hitech and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 9.1rpg and 10.1apg. Shoreline Community College alumni Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) of top-ranked Mono Vampire. Singletary showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mono Vampire, leading his team to a 117-75 easy win against OSK (#8, 0-10). Many experts and fans count Mono Vampire as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Singletary has a great season in Thailand. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (9th best). Singletary attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Dumelod) of TGE - 33 points and 5 rebounds
5. Wutipong Dasom (195-C-91) of Hitech - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Alfred Mandani) of TGE - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jaman Johnson) of Dunkin' Raptors - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Reginald Johnson (208-C-89) of Mono Vampire - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Matt Van Pelt (178-PG-91) of Mad Goat - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 14 points and 6 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.6 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.1 
 4. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 5. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 9. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.2 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.7 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 7. Granger, Anadolu .4.9 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Roll, Besiktas4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  TED K.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 2. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 5. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 6. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 7. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 10. Osman, Anadolu .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


BSL Round 2 of Finals. Fenerbahce take 2-0 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Besiktas 83-74

Fenerbahce outgunned Besiktas to take 2-0 lead in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who scored 19 points and 7 assists. Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Fenerbahce's coach Zeljko Obradovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 19+3reb+7ast, J.Vesely 16+4reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 15+6reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 11+2reb+3ast, E.Udoh 7+10reb+3ast, J.Nunnally 6+2ast
Besiktas: M.Roll 16+5reb+4ast, V.Stimac 15+11reb+1ast, E.Veyseloglu 12+1reb, D.Strawberry 12+5reb+5ast, M.Thompson 8+1reb+1ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast
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Ethienne Kazungu gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Ethienne Kazungu (80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader KIU Titans and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 36-year old had the game-high 8 points adding eleven rebounds and seven assists for KIU Titans in his team's victory, helping them to beat Our Saviour (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 70-55. It allowed KIU Titans to consolidate first place in the Ugandan NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but KIU Titans already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Kazungu just recently signed at KIU Titans, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kazungu has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old center Daniel Monoja (C) of Our Saviour. Monoja impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Our Saviour lost that game 55-70 to league's leader KIU Titans (#1, 4-0). Our Saviour are still at the very bottom. 3 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Monoja is one of the most experienced players at Our Saviour and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another KIU Titans' star - Tanzanian Sudi Ulanga (181-G-88). Ulanga scored 17 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of KIU Titans, helping his team with a 70-55 easy win against Our Saviour (#12, 0-3). KIU Titans started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Ulanga turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Ulanga has a great season in Uganda. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joas Maheta (G-89) of UCU Canons - 18 points and 2 assists
5. Geoffrey Soro (198-F-92) of KIU Titans - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. David Opolot (F-89) of Our Saviour - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jonathan Egau (190-F-93) of UCU Canons - 4 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lual Titus (C-98) of UCU Canons - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) of City Oilers - 11 points and 2 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



NBL Round 8: First victory of Nkumba M. - by Eurobasket News

Nkumba M.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after one consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Falcons (0-3) 68-62 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-10. But Falcons won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Nerbert Byamukama (-93) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Falcons. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Nkumba M. (1-1) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked JKL Dolphins (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Sharing Youth (1-3). JKL Dolphins did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-61. Worth to mention a great performance of center Francis Ogola (-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Ferdinand Odama who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. JKL Dolphins' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tonny Okello (-90) responded with 17 points and 8 assists. JKL Dolphins moved-up to third place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. JKL Dolphins will play against Pemba Warriors (#4) in Kampala in the next round. Sharing Youth will play against the league's second-placed Power (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.

Sharing Youth - JKL Dolphins 61-80

The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked JKL Dolphins (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Sharing Youth (1-3). JKL Dolphins did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-61. The game without a history. JKL Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JKL Dolphins forced 25 Sharing Youth turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Francis Ogola (-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Ferdinand Odama (-95) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five JKL Dolphins players scored in double figures. JKL Dolphins' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tonny Okello (-90) responded with 17 points and 8 assists and forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) scored 20 points. JKL Dolphins moved-up to third place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. JKL Dolphins will play against Pemba Warriors (#4) in Kampala in the next round. Sharing Youth will play against the league's second-placed Power (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sharing Youth: E.Okumu 20+3reb, T.Okello 17+3reb+8ast, I.Colich 8+4reb+1ast, M.Lino 8+1reb, S.MUSA 4+1reb+1ast, E.Bakara 2+6reb+2ast
JKL Dolphins: D.Orenga 15+4reb+2ast, F.Odama 13+4reb+4ast, F.Ogola 13+11reb+2ast, D.Ngati 11+2reb+3ast, J.Phillipe Pemha 10+7ast, I.Odour 9+4reb
gschID: 547444


Nkumba M. - Falcons 68-62

Nkumba M.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after one consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Falcons (0-3) 68-62 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-10. But Falcons won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Nerbert Byamukama (-93) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Francis Karoro (-89) added 17 points in the effort for Falcons. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Nkumba M. (1-1) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Falcons: F.Karoro 17+1reb+3ast, V.Jurua 17+5reb+4ast, B.Okumu 7+5reb, O.Moses 6+8reb+1ast, D.ASIKU 6+6reb+5ast, A.Ntale 4+4reb+1ast
Nkumba M.: N.Byamukama 20+4reb+3ast, S.Makutwa 14+13reb+2ast, M.Midaki 9+5reb+3ast, W.Kigobe 6+2reb, U.Walugembe 5+3reb+3ast, C.Karamagi 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547445





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  UKRAINE  


Humacao signs Steven Burtt - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) signed 33-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Steven Burtt (189-84kg-84, college: Iona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Burtt played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In three games he had very impressive stats: 23.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. He also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 10 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.1apg.
In 2006 Burtt was drafted by Northeastern Pennsylvania Breakers (USBL) in second round (16th overall).
He attended Iona College and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Burtt was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 65.2%.
Burtt is quite experienced player. He has played in twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Burtt has played previously professionally also in China (Guizhou), Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Poland (Stelmet), Portugal, Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Tofas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Avtodor), Ukraine (Dnipro and Zaporizhya) and Puerto Rico (Atleticos).
He could be described: A great scorer, who can easily beat his opponent 1-on-1 and who can also battle inside thanks to a strong body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bennett back for Leopards - by Dave Ryan

Levett Essex Leopards have announced the second member of their 2017/18 roster with the re-signing of guard Dougie Bennett (188-SG-93).
It's a key signing for coach Thomas Baker as the Brentwood-based player won the club's Most Improved Player award in 2015/16 but went one better this season as the club's supporters voted for him as player of the year.
Bennett also stepped up to become captain when Mike Martin was out injured, and coach Baker is delighted to have him back in the squad for the forthcoming campaign:
'Re-signing Dougie was one of my main priorities for this season. Having already re-signed AJ {Roberts}, Dougie adds stability and leadership that is much needed for the squad. Dougie is a great team mate and he is a great to have around, he helps us both on and off the court. Dougie has shown time and time again the ability he has at this level, and I am confident he will help us get promotion back to Division One.
"I'm looking forward to continuing to build this roster and I am glad that Dougie has agreed to re-sign for us.'
Scotland international Bennett is hoping to help Leopards' promotion push: "I'm really happy to have been re-signed by Leopards for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
'I feel coming back was the best thing for me to do following an unsuccessful season last year. Some would call it unfinished business but I prefer redemption!
"Everyone in and around the club have been so supportive of me for the last two years and I am just looking forward to being able to get to get back on the court and prove we belong back in Division One!'






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Esteban Batista's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Uruguayans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Uruguayan players, who play currently abroad.

Esteban Batista
Esteban Batista
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 78-66 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Batista had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Batista averages: 8.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(42-74) and FT: 65.6% in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Spanish. Batista is currently a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Turkey). Granger contributed to a 1-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (24-6) 66-65 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (23-7) is placed third in the BSL. Granger's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 77.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Granger played for the Uruguayan national team in 2015.

Mathias Calfani
Mathias Calfani
   #3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led San Lorenzo to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked GECR Indalo (28-28) 89-72 in the Argentinian LigaA on Saturday night. Calfani recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. San Lorenzo de Almagra (40-16) is placed first in Sur group. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Calfani has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.4%(155-237), 3FGP: 33.0% and FT: 65.3% in 50 games. He is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Mauricio Aguiar
Mauricio Aguiar
   #4. Forward Mauricio Aguiar (199-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) led Ferrocarril to a victory against the sixth-ranked Quilmes MP (26-30) 97-83 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Aguiar scored 14 points. Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (34-22) is placed second in Sur group. Aguiar's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Italian and Uruguayan nationalities. Aguiar is also Uruguayan national team player.

Santiago Vidal
Santiago Vidal
   #5. Former international point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a 3-point Regatas Corrientes' victory against the second-ranked Estudiantes Concordia (38-18) 89-86 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. Regatas Corrientes (34-22) is placed third. It's Vidal's first season with the team. This year Vidal's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.1apg in 60 games. He used to play for the Uruguayan national team two years ago.

Other top Uruguayan players, who play abroad:

Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish BSL
Federico Haller (198-F-88) plays for GECR Indalo in Argentinian LigaA
Marcel Souberbielle (200-F-91) plays for Leones in Puerto Rican BSN
Daniel Martinez plays for Pinar in Cuban LSB
Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88) plays for Real Madrid II in Spanish EBA
Brad Kanis (218-C-83) plays for Quart in Spanish EBA
Fernando Lozano (186-PG-81) plays for Villarrobledo in Spanish EBA
Phillip Holm (175-PG-80) plays for CAM E.Soler in Spanish EBA
Martin Volf (198-F-80) plays for BK Loko Plzen in Czech Republic 1Liga
David Oviedo (180-G-86) plays for Ferrocarril in Argentinian TFB

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Uruguayan playing currently abroad. Go to Uruguayan Abroad Page to see completed list.



Goncalvez number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigo Goncalvez put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Auriblanco, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 2.
The player had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed Verdirrojo (#5, 1-1) with 21-point margin 96-75. Auriblanco is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Auriblanco won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Goncalvez had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Auriblanco and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Rodrigo Goncalvez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.5ppg) and averages impressive 78.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago. Harrison had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Sayago to edge Tabare (0-1) 79-75. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Harrison is one of the most experienced players at Sayago and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.5ppg (#6). He also registered 13.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Facundo Ferreira (192-F-88) of Colon (#3). Ferreira showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Colon, leading his team to a 90-54 easy win against Marne (#12, 0-2). Colon has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Ferreira also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Ferreira has a very solid season. In 2 games in Uruguay he scored 18.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of 25 de Agosto - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Emiliano Gonzalez (198-F-88) of Sayago - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Rashaun Stimage (202-F) of Stockolmo - 26 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ryan Blankson (201-C-80) of Miramar - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Rodrigo Cardozo (191-F-92) of 25 de Agosto - 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Ascenso Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Ascenso. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Atenas defeated Stockolmo in Montevideo 90-85. Atenas forced 20 Stockolmo turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Stockolmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Stockolmo will play next round against Cordon trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo - Cordon. Atenas will try to continue on its current victory against Union Atletica. It will be extra interesting game as Union Atletica is their local rival from Montevideo.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Verdirrojo (1-1) in Montevideo. Hosts were rolled over by Auriblanco (2-0) 96-75. Rodrigo Goncalvez notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Facundo Sanchez supported him with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Verdirrojo. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Capitol.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Miramar (#4) and Union Atletica (#5). Miramar (2-0) won against visiting Union Atletica (1-1) 71-58. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Fahnbulleh who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Gaston Semiglia produced 19 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena 25 de Agosto.
A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Capitol (0-2) to 25 de Agosto (1-1) 69-67 on Thursday evening. Gary Johnson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. 25 de Agosto's coach Javier Espindola allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Miramar.
An interesting game took place in Sayago where Tabare (0-1) was upset on the court of Sayago (1-1) 79-75 on Friday. Paul Harrison had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Sayago will have a break next round. Tabare will play at home against Marne (#12) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 Colon destroyed Marne on the opponent's court 90-54.

Verdirrojo - Auriblanco 75-96

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Verdirrojo (1-1) in Montevideo. Hosts were rolled over by Auriblanco (2-0) 96-75. Auriblanco had a 38-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Rodrigo Goncalvez notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Facundo Sanchez (177-90) supported him with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Verdirrojo. Forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Capitol.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 27+19reb+4ast, J.Jones 15+2reb+3ast, A.Jones 14+6reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 10+9reb+5ast, A.Taibo 8+2reb+1ast, E.Suarez 8+3reb+7ast
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 26+5reb+3ast, S.Massa 14+4reb, F.Cholaquides 11+1ast, P.Makanskas 10+10reb+3ast, M.Monteverde 7+5reb+4ast, G.Belase 5+5reb
gschID: 547961


Marne - Colon 54-90

Very expected game in Montevideo where Marne (0-2) was crushed by Colon (2-0) 90-54 on Friday. Colon had a 41-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Marne's players. Forward Facundo Ferreira (192-88) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Federico Della-Mea (187-92) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Colon players scored in double figures. Forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) responded with 13 points and Leandro Blazina scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Colon will face Verdirrojo (#5) in Montevideo in the next round. Marne will play on the road against Tabare (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Colon: F.Della Mea 21+9reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 18+11reb+4ast, L.Lepiani 15+2reb+4ast, A.Rodriguez 11+2reb+1ast, T.Brown 7+6reb+4ast, F.Perez 5+1reb
Marne: A.Pineiro 13+3reb+3ast, B.Ingratta 8+7reb, D.Olivera 7+6reb, J.Crocano 7+10reb, N.Alves 6+1reb+2ast, L.Blazina 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 547960


Sayago - Tabare 79-75

An interesting game took place in Sayago where Tabare (0-1) was upset on the court of Sayago (1-1) 79-75 on Friday. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Emiliano Gonzalez (198-88) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Federico Alvarez (194-88) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sayago will have a break next round. Tabare will play at home against Marne (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sayago: P.Harrison 24+15reb+2ast, E.Gonzalez 20+8reb+5ast, R.Brause 17+5reb+5ast, M.Perdomo 16+2reb+1ast, J.Garbarino 2+3reb+1ast, T.de Leon 0
Tabare: F.Alvarez 22+3reb+5ast, E.Serres 16+6reb+2ast, A.Cabillon 13+9reb+5ast, G.Rivas 12+2reb+3ast, C.McCann 9+7reb+1ast, J.Retamoso 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547959


Atenas - Stockolmo 90-85

Atenas defeated Stockolmo in Montevideo 90-85. Atenas forced 20 Stockolmo turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Stockolmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and forward Facundo Grolla (196-97) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stockolmo will play next round against Cordon trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo - Cordon. Atenas will try to continue on its current victory against Union Atletica. It will be extra interesting game as Union Atletica is their local rival from Montevideo.
Top scorers:
Atenas: N.Catala 23+2reb+1ast, M.Zubiaurre 21+4reb+2ast, A.Danridge 20+6reb+5ast, J.Santiso 12+3reb+5ast, M.Pose 6+2reb+1ast, O.Galeano 3+2reb+1ast
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 26+9reb+1ast, F.Grolla 14+9reb+2ast, J.Viana 14+7ast, O.Medina 11+3reb+3ast, L.Bouchaton 9+2reb+5ast, M.Counago 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 547964


Miramar - U Atletica 71-58

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Miramar (#4) and Union Atletica (#5). Miramar (2-0) won against visiting Union Atletica (1-1) 71-58. Miramar looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Martin Trelles (187-96) chipped in 21 points and 7 assists. Forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Facundo Alonso (195) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena 25 de Agosto.
Top scorers:
Miramar: M.Trelles 21+2reb+7ast, J.Fahnbulleh 20+11reb+3ast, R.Blankson 12+15reb+2ast, I.Asaravicius 8+7reb+1ast, M.Nessi 6+2reb+7ast, M.Lopez Garula 4+3reb
U Atletica: F.Alonso 19+5reb+1ast, G.Semiglia 19+8reb+3ast, M.Brock 10+7reb+2ast, M.Martinez 4+6reb, A.Arrillaga 4+2reb+1ast, I.Cambon 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 547963


Capitol - 25 de Agosto 67-69

A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Capitol (0-2) to 25 de Agosto (1-1) 69-67 on Thursday evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Capitol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) contributed with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. 25 de Agosto's coach Javier Espindola allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nicolas Comas replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Hector Silva (192-90) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Capitol. Four Capitol players scored in double figures. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Miramar.
Top scorers:
25 de Agosto: G.Johnson 25+10reb+3ast, N.Koster 11+3reb+1ast, M.Mayora 10+3reb+1ast, N.Alvarez 8+1reb+4ast, R.Cardozo 6+9reb+7ast, D.Lipatin 4+4reb+1ast
Capitol: H.Silva 17+7reb, N.Comas 15+5reb+5ast, J.Andres Galleto 13+2reb+1ast, A.Lecona 11+8reb, J.Wenzel 5+5reb+7ast, F.Soto 2+4reb
gschID: 547962





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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.5 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.3 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.8 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.1 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.1 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.7 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Centeno, Marinos4.9 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.8 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 7. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 8. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 9. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
 10. Pena, Toros3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 4. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 6. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 7. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.3 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 8. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 


Donta Smith selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Venezuelan players, who play currently abroad.

Donta Smith
Donta Smith
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international small forward Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He could not help Piratas (17-10) in their last game. Despite Smith's very good performance Piratas lost 73-84 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Leones. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Smith also added 6 passes in 36 minutes on the court. Smith has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.1%(89-148), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 83.1% in 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Smith played for the Venezuelan senior national team two years ago. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Jhon Romero
Jhon Romero
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85, currently plays in Colombia). Romero was not able to help Piratas (3-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Piratas was defeated 86-75 in Manizales by the second-ranked Sabios. Romero recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Romero has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.3%. Romero played for the Venezuelan national team in 2011.

Gregory Vargas
Gregory Vargas
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi Haifa to an easy victory against the league leader Hapoel Holon (22-11) 99-82 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Vargas recorded 11 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. Maccabi Hunter Haifa (16-17) is placed eighth in the Winner League. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. It's Vargas' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 73.4% in 25 games. Ex-Protectores de Miranda BBC player is also a member of the Venezuelan senior national team.

Jhornan Zamora
Jhornan Zamora
   #4. Guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) in their game against Burgos (24-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 25 minutes. Palencia Baloncesto lost 82-90 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. This year Zamora's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg in 46 games. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Spanish. Zamora used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2015.

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #5. Former international power forward Luis Julio (201-80, currently plays in Colombia) managed to help Fast Break to win against the sixth-ranked Patriotas (3-6) 87-76 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV in Sunday night's game. Julio scored only 4 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Fast Break (6-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Julio's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Colombian. Julio used to play for the Venezuelan national team eight years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Venezuelan passport but never been selected to any of Venezuelan national teams:

   #1. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92, currently plays in Colombia) could not help Condores (3-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Diaz's very good performance Condores was defeated 76-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Caciques (#4). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Diaz also added 7 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Diaz has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Colombian.

   #2. Luis Almanza (196-F-91, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hector Diaz. But that was another game of his team in Colombian Liga DirecTV which we would like to mention. Almanza was not able to help Condores (3-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Condores lost 84-92 in Manizales to the second-ranked Sabios. Almanza was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 45 minutes. Almanza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.2apg in nine games he played so far.

   #3. Dario Castro (206-C-91, currently plays in Colombia) faced previously mentioned Luis Almanza in the Colombian PBD last game. Castro managed to help Sabios de Manizales to win against one of league's weakest teams Condores (3-6) 92-84. He scored 5 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Castro's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #4. Raul Orta (196-G-85, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to secure a victory for Santeros (18-9) in their game against Capitanes (12-14) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Orta scored only 3 points. Santeros was defeated 92-85 in Arecibo by the lower-ranked Capitanes (#6). It was Santeros' consecutive loss in a row. This season Orta averages just 1.7ppg. He is another player who holds two passports: Venezuelan and Puerto Rican.

   #5. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR, currently plays in Colombia) led Fast Break to a victory against the sixth-ranked Patriotas (3-6) 87-76 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Sunday night. Hinestroza Javes scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. Fast Break (6-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Hinestroza Javes' total stats are: 7.0ppg and 6.5rpg in four games. He has both Venezuelan and Colombian nationalities.

   #6. Rafael Rodriguez (187-G-86, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hinestroza Javes and both played together in the last Colombian Liga DirecTV game. Rodriguez contributed to a Fast Break's victory against the sixth-ranked Patriotas 87-76. He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. This year Rodriguez averages just 1.6ppg in five games.



LPB Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Guaiqueries and Marinos reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Toros 95-77

Cocodrilos held off Toros at home court to force the decisive seventh game in the series. Cocodrilos forced 19 Toros turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Toros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93, agency: Basket Management Solutions) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American-Jamaican center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Toros' coach Israel Sarmiento rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 18+12reb+2ast, Y.Palacios 16+4reb+2ast, C.Elliott 16+5reb+8ast, J.Rodriguez 13+12reb+1ast, C.Garcia 12+1reb+3ast, G.Forbes 10+1reb
Toros: D.Johnson 19+3reb, J.Guerrero 18+5reb+3ast, K.Pena 12+3reb+5ast, E.Gimenez 8+1reb+1ast, E.Mijares 7+1reb+6ast, K.Fuller 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548005


Guaiqueries - Gigantes 83-78

Guaiqueries toppled Gigantes to secure the semifinal birth. Gigantes were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 27-17 third quarter run of Guaiqueries. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 20 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) did not help to save the game for Gigantes. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) added 22 points. Four Guaiqueries and five Gigantes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 20+4reb+8ast, D.Ramirez 13+2reb, M.Flores 12+4reb+4ast, M.Melvin 12+4reb+3ast, K.Gransberry 10+10reb+1ast, C.Silva 7+8reb+3ast
Gigantes: A.Sucre 22+4reb+2ast, A.Feeley 19+10reb+1ast, O.Reed 12+6reb+2ast, H.Wormely 10+2reb+2ast, H.Cazorla 10+3reb+1ast, J.Vargas 2+2ast
gschID: 548004


Marinos - Bucaneros 89-83

Marinos rallied past Bucaneros to win the series 4-2. Bucaneros trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-89 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 22 points. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. Marinos' coach Tony Ruiz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who recorded 23 points and 7 assists and Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Marinos: I.Swann 22+3reb, M.Carrera 13+4reb+1ast, R.Perez 13+3reb+2ast, C.Massie 13+13reb+3ast, M.Marriaga 10+3reb+1ast, R.Roby 7+2reb+1ast
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 23+4reb+7ast, L.Williams 21+7reb+1ast, T.Kirksay 15+8reb+2ast, W.Graterol 9+3reb+1ast, C.Cedeno 8+2reb+4ast, E.Hernandez 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 548003





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Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) could join Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) is considering to sign 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Round 2 of Finals. CSKA grab second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Khimki 99-79

CSKA registered the second straight win in VTB League Finals. They crushed Khimki in Moscow for 2-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Khimki managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) produced 21 points and 4 assists and guard Vyacheslav Zaytsev (191-89, agency: Alti Sport) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: M.Teodosic 23+1reb+6ast, N.De Colo 20+1reb, S.Antonov 18+5reb, C.Higgins 6+2reb+2ast, A.Jackson 6+2reb+7ast, V.Fridzon 5+1ast
Khimki: A.Shved 21+3reb+4ast, V.Zaytsev 9+7reb+6ast, E.Vyaltsev 8+1ast, R.Hummel 8+3reb+1ast, M.Brown 7+2reb, D.Sokolov 7+9reb
gschID: 547857






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Women News


Breezy Williams (ex Haukar) signs at Estrella Berisso - by Eurobasket News

Estrella de Berisso (Superliga) landed American guard Breezy Williams (180, college: North Carolina State). She played most recently at Haukar in Icelandic Dominos League. In 11 games she averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg and 1.7bpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Williams was tested by Santeras in Puerto Rican BSNF where in four games she had 6.5ppg and 8.5rpg in 2016 season.
Among other achievements her team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014.
Williams has played previously professionally in Finland (Pyrinto) and Romania (Cluj Napoca).
She graduated from North Carolina State in 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Australian U17 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Australian U17 National Team 2017
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Grace George
George
Miela Goodchild
Goodchild
Jazmin Shelley
Shelley
Samantha Simons
Simons
#e#4
Isabelle Bourne BA CoE Australia
Emma Clarke 183-G/F-99 BA CoE Australia
Chelsea D'Angelo Frankston B. Australia
Grace George 00 Ipswich F. Australia
Miela Goodchild 175-G/F-00 Logan T. Australia
Shyla Heal Sutherland S. Australia
Madeline Puli Dandenong R. Australia
Darcy Rees Forestville E. Australia
Jazmin Shelley 174-G/F-00 BA CoE Australia
Samantha Simons 183-F/C-00 BA CoE Australia

Tracy York Head Coach Adelaide Australia



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USA claim Gold medals in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
USA - Canada 91-46
The USA celebrated Gold in Buenos Aires. They overcame Canada in the Final on Sunday. Azzi Fudd (180-F) came up with 18 points to pace the winners. The USA dominated in the first half. They registered a 50:25 halftime advantage. They followed with an 18:10 run in the third term to clear off for good. Zia Cooke (175-G/F) and Aliyah Boston (190-C) produced 15 points each for the champions. Merissah Russell (180-F-02) responded with 12 points for Canada.
3-4 Place
Argentina - Colombia 59-52 OT
Argentina outgunned Colombia in overtime to claim Bronze medals. Florencia Chagas (174-G-01) scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to pace the hosts. Argentina built a 20:6 lead after ten minutes. But Colombia managed to erase the deficit in the next three periods. They went on a 19:11 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime. But Argentina responded with a 10:3 rally in the extra period to ice the win. Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01) netted 19 points in the victory. Stephanny Orozco (165-PG-01) answered with 15 points for Colombia.

5-6 Place
Venezuela - Mexico 28-71
Mexico outgunned Venezuela to clinch the fifth overall position in the final standings. Alejandra Arreola (181-G/F-01) posted 13 points, 10 boards and 5 assists in the win. Mexico built a 34:12 halftime lead. They held Venezuela to just 16 points in the second half and rolled to the victory. Karina Esquer (170-F-00) had 12 points in the win. Yulianny Perez (175-F-01) responded with 7 points for Venezuela.

7-8 Place
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 76-69
Puerto Rico finished their Buenos Aires campaign on a high note. They beat Dominican Republic to earn the 7th position. Jacqueline Vargas-Bines (190-C-02) scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the victory. Dominican Republic recorded a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. Puerto Rico bounced back with a 27:15 run in the second term to establish a 46:39 halftime lead. They limited Dominican Republic to just 8 points in the third term to open a 10-point advantage. They protected the lead throughout the final term and sealed the win. Valeria Verdejo (177-SF-01) accounted for 17 points for the winners. Katiana Benitez (172-F-01) responded with 20 points for Dominican Republic.



USA and Canada to clash for title in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
USA - Argentina 98-42
Team USA eased past Argentina into the championship game. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Celeste Taylor (180-F) and Zia Cooke (175-G/F) delivered 12 points each for the USA. They built a 40:27 halftime lead. Team USA dropped 58 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Jordan Horston (183-F/C) and Caitlin Clark (180-F) had 11 points each in the win. Victoria Gauna and Sofia Acevedo replied with 12 points apiece for Argentina.

Canada - Colombia 64-38
Canada thumped Colombia to ensure Final birth in Buenos Aires. Merissah Russell (180-F-02) scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort for the North American side. Canada registered a 31:21 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark at the final break and marched to the win in the fourth quarter. Yvonne Ejim (182-PF-02) provided 8 points for the winners. Luisa Quesada (172-SG-01) responded with 10 points for Colombia.
5-8 Place
Mexico - Dominican Republic 102-45
Mexico coasted past Dominican Republic to set up the clash versus Venezuela for the fifth overall position. Katia Gallegos (166-SF-01) recorded 21 points and 11 assists to lead the winners. Mexico accounted for a 61:21 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the win. Ingrid Mendez (168-SG-01) tossed in 16 points for the winning side. Naomy Cueva (176-F-01) responded with 10 points and 9 boards for Dominican Republic.

Venezuela - Puerto Rico 62-61
Venezuela survived the second half rally from Puerto Rico to eke out a narrow victory. Jairennys Arias (170-G-01) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Venezuela recorded a 35:23 halftime lead. Puerto Rico narrowed the gap at 7-point mark heading into the final term. Puerto Rico pulled closer in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Yulianny Perez (175-F-01) had 14 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Marieliz Martinez (170-SF-01) responded with 14 points for Puerto Rico.



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  FRANCE  


France wins Mulhouse tournament - by Eurobasket News

France won Mulhouse tournament with 3 participating teams. After a narrow 69-64 win over Italy, France rallied past Spain 65-56 to seal the top place. The home side looked better in the first half and posted two victories including a 20-12 run in the second frame. Spain managed to respond with 13-11 rally in the last game to reduce the gap. Helena Ciak (197-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) notched 11. Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) followed them with 10 and Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) notched 8. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) and Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: ProDep Management) scored 10 points each in a loss.


Bretagne Basket tabs Asia Logan - by Greg

Landerneau Bretagne Basket (LF2) inked 25-year old American forward Asia Logan (184-92, college: Pittsburgh). She played most recently at Esperance Sportive Pully in Swiss LNA league. In 21 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and recorded 9.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.
She attended University of Pittsburgh until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Flammes sign Renee Montgomery - by Eurobasket News

Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes (LFB) signed 31-year old American point guard Renee Montgomery (170-65kg-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management). She plays this summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). Montgomery managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 9 WNBA games she had 6.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.2apg. The last season she played at Basket Gdynia in Polish TBLK where in 11 games she was second best scorer with impressive 18.0ppg and averaged 3.9rpg, 5.2apg (top 2) and 2.5spg. Montgomery also played 5 games in EEWBL where she recorded very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.4apg and 2.0spg.
In 2009 she was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) as #4 pick overall.
The former University of Connecticut staris in her ninth season in pro basketball.
She was a member of USA international program for some years. Montgomery was called to USA Senior National Team back in 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2006.
She is quite experienced player. Montgomery has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). She has played previously professionally in Australia (Canberra Capitals), Hungary, Israel (Maccabi Ashdod), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg and Vologda Chevakata), Turkey, WNBA (Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm) and Lithuania (VICI Aistes).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charnay signs Melanie Devaux - by Eurobasket News

Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD signed 25-year old point guard Melanie Devaux (170-92). She played last season at Avenir in French LF2 league. In 13 games she had 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg. Devaux helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. She also played for BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents in Swiss LNA that season where in 14 games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. Great season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention.
Devaux represented France at the World Championships U19 in Chile six years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg.
Devaux has played previously for three other France teams: COB Calais, Limoges and Dunkerque.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Tonia Danousi agreed terms with Ikaros - by Chris Mammides

GS Ikaros Kalliotheas (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old guard Tonia Danousi (174-90) from Sporting.
The previous (15-16) season Danousi played at Panathinaikos. But in 13 games she recorded just 0.7ppg and 1.1rpg. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements Danousi won Greek A2 (South) championship title in 2008. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 3rd Team award back in 2013.
Danousi represented Greece at the European Championships U20 Division B in Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia) seven years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 1.3ppg, 1.1rpg.
Danousi has played previously for two other teams: Panionios and P.Faliro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Montana-Wyoming high school basketball series returns - by Eurobasket News

The high school basketball season has been wrapped up for quite some time now, but some of the best players around western Montana will get to lace them up one more time this weekend. The Montana-Wyoming All-Star Series returns Friday and Saturday. Games will be played at Sheridan College in Wyoming on Friday and will move to Rocky Mountain College in Billings on Saturday. The girls games will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys games will start at 7:30 p.m. both days. For the girls team, two class AA seniors from Kalispell will look to make an impression. Nikki Krueger (Glacier) averaged 12 points per game for the Wolfpack in her senior season and finished third in class AA with 8.7 rebounds per game. The Flathead Bravettes will be sending Tiana Johnson. She earned herself the invite by leading all of class AA girls hoops last season with 17 points per game and also finished second in free throw percentage shooting 76-percent from the stripe. Also, an impressive resume gets even stronger for Kiara Burlage. The Columbia Falls senior won a state championship in volleyball last season and also the school's first basketball state title in more than three decades. Now she will be playing with the best of the best from her state.
Courtesy of: nbcmontana.com



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  HUNGARY  


Hungarian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Hungarian National Team 2017
#s#
Courtney Vandersloot
Vandersloot
Debora Dubei
Dubei
Zsofia Fegyverneky
Fegyverneky
Bernadett Hatar
Hatar
Tijana Krivacevic
Krivacevic
#e#5
Courtney Vandersloot 173-PG-89 Chicago S. USA
Debora Dubei 181-SF-97 UNIQA Sopron Hungary
Zsofia Fegyverneky 178-G-84 UNIQA Sopron Hungary
Bernadett Hatar 208-C-94 UNIQA Sopron Hungary
Tijana Krivacevic 196-F-90 Girne Univ. Turkey
Zsofia Licskai 189-C/F-93 PEAC-Pecs Hungary
Dora Medgyessy 174-G-86 Cegledi EKK Hungary
Nora Nagy-Bujdoso 185-F-85 Cegledi EKK Hungary
Krisztina Raksanyi 180-G-91 PEAC-Pecs Hungary
Zsofia Simon 181-G-89 UNI Gyor Hungary
Zsofia Varga 182-F-89 UNI Gyor Hungary
Dorina Zele 185-F-92 Miskolc Hungary




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Breezy Williams (ex Haukar) signs at Estrella Berisso - by Eurobasket News

Estrella de Berisso (Superliga) landed American guard Breezy Williams (180, college: North Carolina State). She played most recently at Haukar in Icelandic Dominos League. In 11 games she averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg and 1.7bpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Williams was tested by Santeras in Puerto Rican BSNF where in four games she had 6.5ppg and 8.5rpg in 2016 season.
Among other achievements her team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014.
Williams has played previously professionally in Finland (Pyrinto) and Romania (Cluj Napoca).
She graduated from North Carolina State in 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  


Irish U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Irish U18 National Team 2017
#s#
Margaret Byrne
Byrne
Dayna Finn
Finn
Claire Melia
Melia
Amy Murphy
Murphy
Maeve Phelan
Phelan
#e#5
Margaret Byrne 182-F/C-99 NUIG Mystics Ireland
Bronagh Power 180-PF-00 DCU Mercy Ireland
Dayna Finn 177-F/G-00
Ella McCloskey 188-C-00
Rachel Huijsdens 187-C-99 DCU Mercy Ireland
Claire Melia 185-C-99 P.Panthers Ireland
Amy Murphy 179-F-99 Brunell Ireland
Annaliese Murphy 165-PG-00 Glanmire Ireland
Maeve O'Seaghdha 183-PF-00 DCU Mercy Ireland
Maeve Phelan 175-G/F-00 P.Panthers Ireland
Louise Scannell 176-F/G-99 Glanmire Ireland
Sorcha Tiernan 177-F/G-99 Liffey Celtics Ireland




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Lux re-signs at H.R. Le-Zion - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) confirmed in their roster 29-year old ex-international swingman Adi Rachel Lux (175-88). She played there last season. In 18 D1 games she had 9.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Lux played at Maccabi Ashdod where in 17 games she recorded 3.4ppg. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
Lux also represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Poznan (Poland) nine years ago.
She has played previously for four other teams: Maccabi Ramat Gan, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Elitzur Holon and Elitzur Netanya.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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H.R. Le-Zion signs rookie Feyonda Fitzgerald in her first year in pro basketball - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Feyonda Fitzgerald (170). Fitzgerald just graduated from Temple (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 32 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.3apg and 1.1spg last season. Fitzgerald helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in American Athletic Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-AAC 1st Team, WBCA NCAA D1 All-American Honorable Mention and AAC All-Tournament Team.
This summer she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in second round (20th overall).
Fitzgerald just graduated from Temple and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spain pip Italy in Mulhouse - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Italy 66-62

Spain narrowly pip Italy in Mulhouse in game 2 of the International Friendly tournament. Spain posted a 66-62 win after a final 15-9 surge.
Spain looked better in the first period and grabbed a 22-11 lead. Later in the game Italy took control posting 23-15 in the second quarter and then 19-14 rally in the third. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) nailed another three for 53-51 lead. In the last period Spain needed however a final push to seal the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) added 15. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 15 points in the losing effort.



Pavia re-signs at Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old guard Enrica Pavia (176-89). She has played there for the last three seasons. In only one Serie A1 game she recorded just 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pavia won Italian A2 championship title in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 3rd Team in 2016.
Pavia represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg.
Pavia has played previously for six other teams: Reggio Emilia, Marghera, Umbertide, Pall.Pozzuoli, Alcamo and Catania.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Ragusa keeps Spreafico for another season - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) re-signed 26-year old international swingman Laura Spreafico (180-91, agency: LBM Management). She played there last season. In 7 Eurocup games she recorded 6.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6spg.
The previous (15-16) season Spreafico played at Lavezzini Parma where in 28 Serie A1 games she averaged 10.2ppg and 1.4rpg.
She has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Spreafico has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
She also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg.
Spreafico has played previously for three other teams: Familia Schio, Comense and Lucca.

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Maddalena Gorini

Forwards:
Chiara Consolini
Lia_Rebecca Valerio
Laura Spreafico

Center:
Astou Ndour

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Consolini re-signs at Ragusa - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 29-year old international forward Chiara Consolini (186-88). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 10 Eurocup games she had 9.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.1apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Consolini's team won Italian Cup in 2013 and 2016. She was selected to Italian League All-Star Game back in 2012 and 2014.
Consolini has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2008.
Consolini also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg.
Consolini has played previously for three other teams: Familia Schio, Umbertide and Lucca.

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Maddalena Gorini

Forwards:
Chiara Consolini
Lia_Rebecca Valerio

Center:
Astou Ndour

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Turkey outscore Latvia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Latvia 80-72

Turkey won over Latvia 80-72 in the friendly game played in Istanbul. The hosts posted two narrow victories in the first half, while Latvia responded with a 24-20 run in the third period. Due to 24-14 rally in the last stanza, Turkey managed to seal the victory.
Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: ProDep Management) netted 12. Bahar Caglar and Olcay Cakr Turgut followed them with 10 points apiece. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) ended up with 18 points in a loss. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena) produced 11, whilst Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: ProDep Management) poured in 10.



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Trinity Women's Basketball Welcomes Dellinger To Coaching Staff - by Eurobasket News

Trinity College women's basketball has announced the hiring of Kate Dellinger as an assistant coach. The Bantams, coached by Emily Garner , finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 13-10 overall record and tied with Bates and Hamilton for eighth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 3-7 league mark. Dellinger, who comes to Trinity after one year on the Johns Hopkins coaching staff, replaces Keyokah Mars-Garrick. Dellinger graduated from the Widener University in 2013 with a degree in psychology, where she played four years of basketball and was an assistant coach for three seasons prior to Johns Hopkins. Dellinger garnered many individual accolades for her performance on the court and off at Widener. She was named as a CoSIDA Academic All-American, a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American and a D3 Hoops All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree twice each, and was a Jostens Trophy Finalist, a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Woman of the Year Nominee and The Philadelphia Inquirer Women's Athletic Performer of the Year in 2013. Dellinger was also named the MAC Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year in 2012 and was a three-time, all-conference member. Dellinger was also the athletic department's strength and conditioning specialist and the women's basketball recruiting coordinator at Widener, and coached the guards at both her alma mater and at Johns Hopkins. She owns a master's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania, after receiving an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Dellinger has also been active in her community, including volunteer work with Special Olympics, Hoops From the Heart, which welcomes inner city kids for a day of basketball clinics, and Cradles to Crayons. "I am thrilled to be joining Trinity College at such an exciting time as Coach Garner has just begun a new chapter of women's basketball, said Dellinger. "I look forward to working with some of the best and brightest athletes and helping build upon Trinity's already-rich academic and athletic success."
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com



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WBC Round 7: Oceana GR. edges Taranaki T. by three points - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in WBC.

This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Taranaki T. (5-4) to fifth ranked Oceana GR. (5-2) 49-46 in the game for the fourth place. Taranaki T. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 46-49 at the end of the game. Oceana GR. dominated on the defensive end, holding Taranaki T. to just 6 points in second quarter. Oceana GR. moved-up to fourth place. Taranaki T. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Capital S.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
First ranked Canterbury W. faced 4th placed Taranaki T.. Host Canterbury W. (8-1) smashed guests from (5-4) 82-55. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Waikato C. Taranaki T. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Capital S.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Second ranked Waikato C. blasted bottom-ranked Tokerau P. (0-9) in 67-41 on Saturday evening. Tokerau P. is still unable to win any game. Waikato C. (8-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Canterbury W. Tokerau P. at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Waikato C. will meet at home Waikato W. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tokerau P. will have a break next round.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Oceana GR. (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Capital S. (5-4). Oceana GR. defeated Capital S. 83-71. Oceana GR. moved-up to fourth place. Capital S. lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Local Capital S. (5-4) outscored 10th ranked Rotorua LV (1-8) 97-57 on Sunday night. Capital S. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Taranaki T. Rotorua LV lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 7 Tauranga CC defeated Rotorua LV in a road game 67-49. Waikato W. beat Auckland LR at home 64-52.

Capital S. - Rotorua LV 97-57

Local Capital S. (5-4) outscored 10th ranked Rotorua LV (1-8) 97-57 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Capital S. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rotorua LV to just 7 points in second quarter. Capital S. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Taranaki T. Rotorua LV lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Rotorua LV - Tauranga CC 49-67

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Tauranga CC and 10th ranked Rotorua LV had identical 1-7 record. But Rotorua LV was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from 67-49 on Saturday night. Tauranga CC (2-7) moved-up to ninth place. Rotorua LV lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 548067


Taranaki T. - Oceana GR. 46-49

This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Taranaki T. (5-4) to fifth ranked Oceana GR. (5-2) 49-46 in the game for the fourth place. Taranaki T. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 46-49 at the end of the game. Oceana GR. dominated on the defensive end, holding Taranaki T. to just 6 points in second quarter. Oceana GR. moved-up to fourth place. Taranaki T. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Capital S.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 546235


Waikato W. - Auckland LR 64-52

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Waikato W. (7-1) defeated at home 8th ranked Auckland LR (2-5) 64-52 on Saturday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Waikato W.. They maintain third place with 7-1 record behind leader Canterbury W. Auckland LR lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Waikato W. will face league's second-placed Waikato C. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Auckland LR will play against Harbour B. (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 546236


Tokerau P. - Waikato C. 41-67

Second ranked Waikato C. blasted bottom-ranked Tokerau P. (0-9) in 67-41 on Saturday evening. Tokerau P. is still unable to win any game. Waikato C. (8-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Canterbury W. Tokerau P. at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Waikato C. will meet at home Waikato W. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tokerau P. will have a break next round.
gschID: 546234


Capital S. - Oceana GR. 71-83

The game in was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Oceana GR. (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Capital S. (5-4). Oceana GR. defeated Capital S. 83-71. It looked good early as Capital S. took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oceana GR. had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Capital S. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-83. Oceana GR. moved-up to fourth place. Capital S. lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 546232


Canterbury W. - Taranaki T. 82-55

First ranked Canterbury W. faced 4th placed Taranaki T.. Host Canterbury W. (8-1) smashed guests from (5-4) 82-55. The game without a history. Canterbury W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Taranaki T. to just 6 points in second quarter. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Waikato C. Taranaki T. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Capital S.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 546231





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Barcelona keeps Alonso for another season - by Eurobasket News

Lima Horta Barcelona (LF2) re-signed 27-year old forward Ana Alonso (187-90). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 25 LF2 games she averaged 14.9ppg and 4.1rpg last season.
Alonso won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2012.
She has played previously for Conquero.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spain pip Italy in Mulhouse - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Italy 66-62

Spain narrowly pip Italy in Mulhouse in game 2 of the International Friendly tournament. Spain posted a 66-62 win after a final 15-9 surge.
Spain looked better in the first period and grabbed a 22-11 lead. Later in the game Italy took control posting 23-15 in the second quarter and then 19-14 rally in the third. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) nailed another three for 53-51 lead. In the last period Spain needed however a final push to seal the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) added 15. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 15 points in the losing effort.



France wins Mulhouse tournament - by Eurobasket News

France won Mulhouse tournament with 3 participating teams. After a narrow 69-64 win over Italy, France rallied past Spain 65-56 to seal the top place. The home side looked better in the first half and posted two victories including a 20-12 run in the second frame. Spain managed to respond with 13-11 rally in the last game to reduce the gap. Helena Ciak (197-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) notched 11. Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) followed them with 10 and Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) notched 8. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) and Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: ProDep Management) scored 10 points each in a loss.


Al-Qazeres keep Romero for another season - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) re-signed 18-year old shooting guard Maria Romero (173-99). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 6 LFB games she averaged just 1.3ppg last season.
Romero won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2016.

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Maria Romero
Elena Corrales

Forward:
Rita_Esther Montenegro

Center:
Silvia Romero

Coach: Jacinto Carbajal

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Romero re-signs at Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) confirmed in their roster 30-year old center Silvia Romero (187-87). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 15 LFB games she had just 0.7ppg last season.
Romero won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2016.
She has played previously for two other teams: Badajoz BF and Aros Leon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alvik Basket lands Elin Ljunggren - by Eurobasket News

Alvik Basket (Damligan) landed 21-year old international center Elin Ljunggren (185-96) from Mark. Ljunggren has played there for the last four years. In 28 Damligan games she averaged impressive 16.5ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg last season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
Ljunggren has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2016 and previously for U20 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
Ljunggren also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Ljunggren has played previously for RIG Mark.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bretagne Basket tabs Asia Logan - by Greg

Landerneau Bretagne Basket (LF2) inked 25-year old American forward Asia Logan (184-92, college: Pittsburgh). She played most recently at Esperance Sportive Pully in Swiss LNA league. In 21 games she was fourth best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and recorded 9.9rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 2nd Team.
She attended University of Pittsburgh until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bornova hire coach Yildizoglu - by Eurobasket News

Bornova Becker (TKBL) hired 50-year old coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu. He has coached for the last three seasons at Botas in the KBSL.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Yildizoglu's team made it to the Turkish Cup Final Four in 2010 and 2013. He was selected to Head Coach: Turkish TKBL All-Star Game back in 2012. Yildizoglu used to coach Turkish Women National Team back in 2014.
He has coached previously Mersin BSB.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Turkey outscore Latvia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Latvia 80-72

Turkey won over Latvia 80-72 in the friendly game played in Istanbul. The hosts posted two narrow victories in the first half, while Latvia responded with a 24-20 run in the third period. Due to 24-14 rally in the last stanza, Turkey managed to seal the victory.
Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: ProDep Management) netted 12. Bahar Caglar and Olcay Cakr Turgut followed them with 10 points apiece. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) ended up with 18 points in a loss. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena) produced 11, whilst Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: ProDep Management) poured in 10.



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Alabama Reign Continue Running Strong - by Willie McCray

The Alabama Reignn earns second win in franchise history as well as being 2-0 in regional play. The Alabama Reign started slow and but eventually manage to get on track as they moved to 2-0 in regional play and the season. Coach Davis stated that he was not pleased with the effort and focus of his team in the first three minutes. 'I called a timeout and let them understand that we need to get it together before it's too late'. The rest was history. The Alabama Reign went on a 12 to 3 run and ended the quarter with a double-digit lead. The Gulf Coast Tropics was short-handed but was a very discipline and feisty team as stated by Coach Davis. Davis also explained that because of his rotating bench and the use of each girl on his team, it makes a difference. 'The word team means a whole lot. When everyone is engaged, working hard and the only thing that matters is being as one, skies the limit' stated Davis. Then Alabama Reign had it going defensively with 16 steals and at least 8 deflections. Shelby Williams (5'6 Guard - Faulkner University) posted 10pts, 8ast, 3rebs. Rashida Young (5'10 Forward - Concordia College-Selma) while averaging a double-double in the league led all scorers with 14pts, 5rebs. Jade Gibbs (6'1 Forward - Birmingham-Southern College), Rachel Brown (5'9''-F) along with a few others gave us great minutes off the bench. The Alabama Reignn bench posted a total of 40 plus points. That is excellent as far as I'm concerned as Davis smiled. On another note, Davis was very upset at the fact that his team has times where there get of track and have defensive mental lapse. 'We as a team have to be better to put together a 40 min game". "We had unforced turnovers that was very disturbing to our coaching staff." We didn't rebound the ball as good as I know we could.


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Tina Charles' big game lifts Liberty to 94-86 win over Storm - by Eurobasket News

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, college: Connecticut) had 21 points and 14 rebounds and host New York used a 12-1 late run to beat the Seattle Storm 94-86 on Sunday. Trailing 83-80 with 3:05 left, Bria Hartley (5'8''-G-92, college: Connecticut) tapped the ball to Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) to hit a 3-pointer that tied it and started the game-ending burst. On the next play she stripped the ball from Jewell Loyd and then converted the layup on the other that made gave New York the lead. A free throw by Alysha Clark (5'10''-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) got the Storm within 85-84 but Kiah Stokes (6'3''-C-93, college: Connecticut)' putback made it 87-84 with 1:15 left. Seattle then turned it over on the next possession and Zellous converted another layup to seal the win and give New York (6-3) a fourth straight win. Stewart finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Storm (5-4). Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80, college: Connecticut) finished with a season-high 21 points and Loyd had 19. Sugar Rodgers (5'11''-G-89, college: Georgetown) had 21 points and Zellous 16 for New York.
Courtesy of: spokesman.com



Short-Handed Sun Pound The Dream In 104-71 Win - by Eurobasket News

The Connecticut Sun feel they've played better than their early-season record shows. A basket here, a defensive stop there could have changed their circumstances. This is how confident the team is in itself. On Saturday, in just their third home game of the season, without three of their top players, the Sun hoped for better times against the Atlanta Dream. That is exactly what happened. The Sun scored the game's first basket and never looked back on their way to a resounding 104-71 win over the Dream at Mohegan Sun Arena. "I am excited for the win tonight and am very proud of our team," Sun coach Curt Miller said. "It's been a tough stretch of adversity with our team. We're down in numbers, but they really bought into the game plan." The Sun return to the casino on Wednesday to play the New York Liberty before hitting the road again for their third game this season against the Minnesota Lynx. Jonquel Jones (6'6''-C-94, college: G.Washington) again led the Sun, this time with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90, college: Tennessee) had 19 points. She suffered an injury to her right ankle and was helped off the floor with 1:56 to play in the third quarter. but she returned with 6:58 to play to score one more three-pointer. Alyssa Thomas added 18 points. "I know I have to step up," Stricklen said. "We have a lot of our top players out. Courtney Williams and I know we need to step up coming off the bench. Today was fun for the team. We moved the ball very well. We played well together. We communicated. We had each other's backs." Damiris Dantas (6'3''-C-78) led the Dream with 16. "We just need to learn to win close games and that will be a learned process," Miller said. "We have great balance in the scoring. Our leading scorer [Jones] scores less than 14 points a game. We have a lot of scorers between 14 and 8, and so it's great for 35 minutes. "But for the last five minutes, who are you going to play through? Who are you going to get that big basket from? It's very important to learn that and put yourself in position to win those games in those last five minutes." The Dream, which had defeated the Sun eight straight times, has lost three straight after a 4-1 start. They have been relying on former UConn star Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) stepping in for Angel McCoughtry (6'2''-SF-86, college: Louisville), who is taking the year off. Hayes, the Eastern Conference player of the month for May, came into the game leading the Dream in scoring (19.6). She scored nine points on Saturday. "I think she's taking a great load of the leadership on her shoulders, which is good for us," coach Michael Cooper said of Hayes. "But I think she's trying to take a little too much of the scoring. I think that kind of hurts us in crucial times. You have to be able to pass the ball, too [she is averaging just 1.4 assists per game], which will open it up more for you." The Sun were without Morgan Tuck (knee contusion) for the third straight game, and without Lynetta Kizer (6'4''-C-90, college: Maryland) (back). And they will be without Alex Bentley for the next three weeks, leaving them with only nine players for the game. The Sun will be counting on Williams (19 points) to compensate in the backcourt while Bentley is training with the Belarus national team for this month's FIBA EuroBasket Women's tournament. And Williams was on fire, especially in the first half when she scored 10 points to help the Sun to a 44-32 halftime lead. Williams, the second-year pro out of South Florida, came off the bench in San Antonio last Saturday to score a career-high 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting with10 rebounds. The teams opened the season against each other at the casino, with the Dream winning 81-74, led by Tuck, who scored 21 points. On Saturday, behind eight points from Stricklen and six from Jones, the Sun took a 28-21 lead after the first quarter. They scored the first basket and did not trail throughout the quarter. The Sun went off on a 12-0 run late in the second quarter to build a 44-30 lead, which was their largest of the half. During the game, the Sun announced the signing of free agent Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F-89, college: Stanford, agency: LBM Management) to fill the roster spot opened by the trade of Jordan Hooper to the Dream last week.
Courtesy of: courant.com